Felix is distraught at Tim losing the toss
On a fine spring Sunday afternoon, Baston travelled over to Moulton Harrox for their second game of the season following last week’s washout.
Welcoming back footballing heroes Jono & Ben, as well as a South Lincs debut for Andy Moss and Ant’s friend John Lamin there was the long awaited return of Paul C’s best mate Nicky Shep.
Tim walked out into the middle with Moulton’s 12 year old Captain “The Terminator” Jake Morton and the 2 panel umpires. Tim lost his 17th consecutive toss on one of the best batting tracks around and Jake decided to put Baston into the field.
Opening bowler Anthony
With Jon’s leg swollen up to the size of an average person’s leg, Ben was given the gloves and Jon took a cushy gulley/point role meaning that Tim had to hide almost all of his fielders. Adam opened up with Ant and both were milked for runs in the first few. A change of ends for Ant didn’t prove to help despite a couple of very good LBW appeals with one absolute plum but after 7 overs, Moulton were cruising on 43-0.
Tim soon turned to bearded new boy John “The Laminator” Lamin and he broke through in his first over as opener Jack Cusack edged behind.
Moulton’s opener Pierce Scourfield batted nicely, knocking the 2s and 3s around as he scored 56 but was undone by some typical guile from Dyer as he popped one to Lloydie. Superstar batsman Jack Barnett, fresh from his golden duck the day before, came in at number 4.
With Moulton batting well, Baston had very few chances and needed to take advantage of any that came their way, unfortunately Jono’s arm was tested at close point but his throw to Ben was wayward and they missed an easy run-out. Not long after they had a chance with another run-out as the batsman pushed the ball to Lloydie in the covers and ran to the non-striker’s end with the other batsman not moving. Poor communication and vision meant Lloyd sent the ball to the bowler’s end where both batsmen were safely in.
Both batsmen, Jack Barnett and Karl Hibbert, reached their 50s shortly before the second drinks break on 30 overs. Tim got his second wicket with the first ball after drinks as Nicky Shep put his pie down and took a good catch at square leg as senior batsman Hibbert tried to up the strike rate as he scored 54, with Moulton on 188-3.
Moulton’s supremo Morton came in, but didn’t last long as a combination of the in-play tree and Adam Hilless running out the plucky skipper.
Tim had few options with the ball and was unable to recall Lamin or Ant with bowling actions seizing up after their first spells, so Mossy, Paul C and Banksie were all given a go. Mossy bowled alright with decent away swing but started to go off the boil as he continued. Paul C trundled in and produced a couple of good balls, one beating Barnett all ends up as it moved away off the seam, and another pinged off the base of the stump without knocking the bails off. Tim had a couple of tough caught & bowled chances but couldn’t cling on to either, and slapped the floor in his tantrum (Skeg anyone?).
Moulton’s left hander Chris “Ian” Beale came in at 5 scoring an explosive 36* with Jack “I must really hate Baston” Barnett finishing on 86* as Moulton posted a monster score of 258-4. Baston’s fielding was fairly lacklustre with Moulton easily running 2s and 3s as the ball went into the large outfield. There was especially poor fielding from Adam, Paul C, Mossy and the Skipper himself, all letting through easy boundaries, each being greeted with an angry noise and another floor slap from the Captain.
Teas were alright and particularly enjoyed by the Shep.
Baston’s response got off to a dreadful start as Lloydie was bowled by a full toss in the third over for just one. Anthony was joined in the middle by best mate John Lamin and the 2 set about the run chase in the right manner, hitting 7 runs an over.
Much to the horror of his younger brother “Max”, Jack Cusack was introduced to the bowling. His first ball was a no ball which Lamin hit four, his second another no ball, and with his first legitimate ball came a monster six by The Laminator over midwicket. This six was greeted with sound applause from the Baston contingent but tears from baby brother Max, who cried to his parents about his brother being brought on to bowl. Cusack Snr. proved his parents and whiney brother wrong as Lamin holed out 3 balls later for a solid 26 on debut.
Anthony showed a different side to his batting with a few lusty blows in his 33 including a glorious six down the ground, but Baston’s top order was in tatters as he irresponsibly charged down the wicket at the bowling of “Ian” Beale, and was stumped miles out of his crease leaving Baston on 72-3 off 12.
Mossy (4) supported Jon well before being trapped in front. However Jon looked in good nick, and if it wasn’t for his injury would have surely scored a lot more as his running was hindered in his 21. Paul C edged one through the slips for four before he was also plum LBW in front. These panel umpires are a revelation!
Nicky Shep showed some sensible batting despite being dropped early on as he matched Jono’s 21 before being bowled by grumpy bowler Morrisssss. Ben did his best Blankney impression and was bowled in the same over for his 14th consecutive duck.
Nicky Shep is the campest of the swans
Banksie provided the unlikeliest support for skipper Dyer as they put on 40 for the 9th wicket. Tim was finally caught trying to increase the run rate and lobbed it up for the keeper. Dyer’s shot of the day was a routine single, thrown past the stumps and away for 5 overthrows.
Banksie was bowled for a restrained 9 in the next over as Baston finished with 181.
Baston will have a chance for revenge as soon as next Sunday with the reverse fixture due on the Shrine. The result could have been so much different if the toss had gone the other way, with Baston never likely to chase down 254.
Some of the boys went straight home, with Nicky Shep keen to get to McDonalds. A few of the lads travelled back for a tedious version of Tim’s Sunday Night Quiz with an even less charismatic host!
A special mention goes to Baston’s former cricketing icon Darren “The Snib” Gibson who made his South Lincs debut for Skegness on Saturday. They were soundly beaten with wicketless Gibbo going for 32 off his 6 overs.