There was plenty of pre-game hype for this top of the table clash between local rivals Baston and Stamford. The game saw the return of Towns, in at the expense of the injured Ant.
Stamford Captain Neil Williams with his old Stamford School fag Tim Dyer. After winning the toss, Tim had no hesitation in sending the league leaders into the hot field, with gout twins Lloyd and Towns going out to open.
Towns with his dirty old shirt
After a few tidy opening overs from Birchy and Lamin’s mate and all round toff Tony Wright, Baston were on 6 off 5. After a lusty four, usually dependable Townsin holed out to Stamford’s badger in the camp Lembo to leave Baston on 10-1. Lloyd following soon after, as his impatience got him caught at mid-on.
Baston were soon on 11-3 as the returning Lamin chopped on, with bezzer Wright refusing to celebrate due to the “rotten luck” of his friend.
Jon (5), Paul (1) and Liam (0) were all out soon after, by which point captain Dyer had a right bag on seeing his top order all depart to leave Baston on the ridiculously poor score of 19-1. Tim walked out to bat, refusing to speak to anyone.
Doug (4) and Felix (2) hung around longer than most before both being ousted leaving Baston on 30-8. Birch (4-12) and Wright (4-14) had bowled exceptionally well, bowling on the right line and length, with the Baston batsmen all getting themselves out.
As the 2 opening bowlers were bowled out, Baston had a bit of hope of pushing for some more runs, but the town brought on 2 even better ones, as Piggott picked up 2 from his 1.1 overs with Dyer (5) and Hilless (0) being ousted by the youngster. Baston closed on the pathetic total of 30-0.
Meanwhile, after crushing northern villagers Heckington, Stamford 1st team had turned up to cheer their seconds on, not expecting to see them chasing 31 to win. All the faces were there: Liam Dave, Chris Bore, Boring Chris, Dave Liam and Bryan Bennett. Skipper Billy Hall was looking particularly smug, and particularly bald. With tea not quite ready, both skippers agreed to turn around and get the game finished before a sarnie.
Liam and Adam shared the
new same ball, as keeper Flynn was joined by Simon “Badger” Lem. After four overs Stamford had 13, with 18 required, Baston had one last trick up their sleeves as they called for a tactical tea.
What a tea!
Tea was enjoyed thoroughly, with all red blooded males especially pleased. The teas were so good that they made the paper! Lem (13*) and Flynn (14*) knocked off the runs with ease after tea, with the only hint of a chance being Liam’s full toss deflected Tim’s direction in the gulley but he couldn’t cling on.
Both sides travelled back to the Spinner with a certain air of depression from the Baston players. Tim was at home though chatting with best mate Bill and hanging with school chum Neil Williams. Baston need to turn things around next week at Timberland to get their promotion challenge back on track.
Bezzers 4 life!