View from the Boundary
Burridge v Academy
Has summer really arrived? On arrival for the start of the all-day games we were greeted with cloudless blue sky.
On winning the toss, Rick was minded to have a bowl first, but a certain person persuaded him to have a bat first; at 40-4 I was cursing that said groundsman. With a little help from the middle order we actually made some progress – Dan Stancliffe trying to persuade everyone he is now a genuine all-rounder, and who can question that opinion with yet another unbeaten half century from Dan, finishing on 64no.
With two young lads drafted into the side today, we were thrilled with the maturity of these two young batsmen; Oli Wright (24) playing some delightful cover drives, and so with Alex Willoughby (17) – definitely two names to watch out for in the future.
In addition Oli was the wicketkeeper for the day and made a very sharp stumping and overall a very creditable performance with the gloves.
However the innings was brought to a close with Burridge all out for 199 – for the second week running we had fallen one run short of additional bonus points. At the end of the innings I was a little crestfallen that we had fallen some 100 runs short of where we should have been.
At the start of the Academy innings Sully White quickly dismissed Ben Duggan for one, Ben is the lad who in the past has taken three centuries off us. Sully then claimed the other opener.
After 13 overs, the Academy were comfortable of 47-3; at this point Brighton Mugochi was brought into the attack, and after 18 overs of left arm spin he had managed to dismiss five of the batsmen for a mere 33 runs – truly a Man-of-the-Match performance.
It seemed the Academy sensed they were going to struggle to better our score, so they went into their shells, trying to force a ‘Losing Draw’ which would have given them three additional bonus points and deprived us of the winners spoils; we were then ‘entertained’ to a period of 27 overs for a meagre 28 runs, but our perseverance paid off when Lee grabbed the wicket of their captain to bring their innings to a close on 151.
Verdict – a good recovery from our first innings mediocrity, with sharp fielding and very good bowling.