N2 vs Leicester Mossdale CC
Tudor Sports Ground
Heaven knows N2 are miserable now after a team made up of a bunch of Smiths grabbed a final ball victory at a Somme-like Tudor Road.
Chasing 188 for 7, in torrential rain tourists Leicester Mossdale needed two for victory off the last ball. Up stepped Bombardier Dodd to bowl with just one run to play with - he bowled and Smith hit a mighty blow, just missed by an outstretched hand of David Dyer. Smith and a certain Richard Hadlee ran the first fast and scurried back for a second to clinch victory.
For N2 it is the second time this season that the final ball has proved costly.
Put in to bat N2 had got off to a dream start, with openers Dave Parker and Captain (for the day) Bobby Moore sharing a 75 run opening stand.
Looking and playing the part Moore was finally bowled by a Smith for 36, sparking a familiar N2 collapse. Josh Newham went for 6 followed by Andy Wilson for 9. Tony Kutner failed to trouble the scorer, back in the hut for 0, saying, "Did you see how much that moved?"
Meanwhile at the other end, Parker was calmly pushing on his and his team's score. Passing a well deserved 50, the boundaries kept on coming. Unaware that three figures were within his grasp he struck out only to be caught on 92.As he said afterwards,
"you do not get many opportunities to score a century, but there is still a lot of cricket left in the season ".
We all hope he can go the extra step and score a ton.
So now it was up to the Chuckle Brothers, David Dyer and Paul Dodd to entertain us with their text book calling. Yes, no wait, run, to me, to you...
As the innings fizzled out to 188 for 7 a mention must go to Olly Butler (2 not out) and Robbie Robertson (1 not out) for scoring their first runs for the club.
After tea the heavens opened as Mossdale began their reply. Alan Wakefield picked up a couple of early wickets and Dodd chipped in with one. The conditions worsened, then deteriorated, got a little bit worse, remained the same for an over - then got really bad. It was madness to remain playing. The pitch was cutting up, bowlers could hardly grip the ball and fielding was a nightmare for some of the greying member, who had to give thanks to youngster Newham and Butler
Though a draw would have been justice, credit to Mossdale for their nail-biting victory.
T Kutner 0
D Dyer 7
Butler not out 2
Robertson not out 1
Dodd 13 overs 1 mdns 67 runs for 3
Wakefield 13 overs 1 mdns 35 runs for 2
Wilson 7 overs 0 mdns 25 runs for 0
Butler 3 overs 0 mdns 21 runs for 0
Parker 3 overs 0 mdns 11 runs for 0