Baston travelled to Castor again, but this time for a game with Swiss Cottage. There were 2 changes as Adam and Paul S dropped out, with Darren ďNosyĒ Parker coming in with debutant Andy Moss. There was a Lazarus-like recovery with Jon Howard miraculously taking to the field despite a dead leg; Though Jon refused to make a big deal out of it... a true professional. Tim lost the toss.
Ben opened the bowling and had a wicket in the first over as the Swiss batsman missed an unplayable slow half tracker which bumped into the base of his off stump. Ben had another fortunate wicket in the third over as Felix pouched a catch in the gulley. A couple of good overs from ďNosyĒ Parker led to a wicket, with Swissís fancy dress batsman cutting the ball towards the boundary and coming back for a suicidal second. Felix put a snipper of a drop out of his mind and retained his usual sharp fielding skills with a good throw to his brother Guy giving The Tarts their third wicket.
The Captain brought himself and Mossy into the attack with Tim hopeful of replicating his excellent 5-12 last year on the same ground. Tim showed his usual guile and flight as he did exactly that (5-12) with the Swiss batsman not sure what to do with his unique bowling styles. One batsman played on, before a couple of dubious LBW decisions by Timís new bezzie umpire. Tim could have had 3 trapped in front, but one batsman refused the decision and decided to continue. The pick of Timís 5 has to be the 12mph looper that went a world record 9.5 metres off the ground before pitching and crashing into leg stump. An excellent display of bowling from the skipper.
Wicket machine Tim Dyer
Meanwhile Mossy enjoyed an exciting first go with the ball as he picked up 2 wickets, bowling the big hitter down the order, and Anthony Morris taking a
diving rolling stumbling catch in the covers.
Swiss finished on 59 from 12.2 overs.
Clarkey and Anthony were sent out to open and decided that there was no rush as they played around at 3 an over, both showing beautiful defensive technique as they grabbed the singles. Clarkey was more open to hitting out but a couple of drops soon put him back into his shell.
With each block being greeted with a boo from specialist keeper Guy, Anthony decided to be a bit more aggressive but in doing so almost killed the bowler as his drive flew towards the face of B. Slap, but an attempted catch took some sting out of the ball as it conked him.
T. Clak top scoring with 37*
With 14 needed, Clarkey stepped up the pace with a few fours to win the game and give himself a good 37no, and Anthony finishing on 18no. Banksie was due in at 3 and was obviously annoyed not to get a knock on the ground where he hit his career best.
The Tarts returned to the pub for a variation of battered things and chips. Banksie was on hand with his notepad as the boys paid up with the exception of Jon, but donít worry, itís in the book.