While some of the Baston players went for a morning net, the Burgh players had rocked up early after going out for some food in Bourne, but we’re not sure why.
At the agreed meeting time, the boys arrived and saw an old banger abandoned in the car park. But before the police could be informed, it turned out to be umpire Keith Grummitt in his vintage rust bucket. John Lamin has known Keith for 35 years, but he’s always had that car.
With the rain still coming down, Tim lost a bad seemingly bad toss as Burgh’s Ben “Chuckie” Pearce elected to field first. Captain Rugrat is quite a nice bloke, despite being ginger.
Lloyd and Ant walked out to open as the weather started to improve, with Baston hoping to entertain their fans; Katie, the return of Nick Dyer and an introduction to one of Scotty’s two twin sisters, who surely must be considered an early contender for 2010’s ‘Sister of the Year’. Burgh also brought their own support, with injured star Terry Wilkinson turning up to support his teammates. Terry recently won first prize in the ‘Nicest Guy in the World’ contest as he spoke kindly of all sorts of things, including a surprise nod to Skegness, where he enjoys ice creams, walks along the beach, all the amusements, in particular “Whack-a-Croc”
Terry loves Whack-a-Croc!
The openers made a steady start before Lloydie (5) was trapped in front in the 7th over. Lloyd didn’t take the decision well, asking umpire Pat Madonkey: “Don’t you know who I am?” as he moped off to life coach Nigel for a talk through of his innings.
Anthony was looking good as he played some technically perfect drives down the ground and through the offside, particularly against the Burgh skipper, but it was the Ginger Nut who won the duel as he bowled him for 23, leaving Baston on 34-2. John “The Flying Beard” Lamin (2) was out soon after as he gave catching practice to the man at point. Grumps (0) was out a couple of runs later with the score on 41-4.
The game saw the return of Joe Reeves to the Baston line-up, but he couldn’t get his trademark pull shot going with much consistency as he was out for just 4, top edging off Pearce for a simple catch at square leg by T. Chunk.
The Burgh bowlers bowled a few double bouncers during the innings, which brought back fond memories of the barmaid from Ye Olde Red Lion at Burgh-Le-Marsh for many of the Baston players.
Just as the team were starting to think that Chris “Bow Wow” Bower was getting into his rhythm, he was cleaned up by pretty boy Scott Underwood for an important 15. Baston were 68-6 off 27 overs.
With the Underwood brothers operating from both ends, Doug and Ben batted responsibly to push Baston on towards something competitive, with 100 looking unreachable at one point. They put on 33 for the 7th wicket before Doug (19) was cleaned up by Iain Dowie tribute act R. Underwood.
Tim got out of his death bed, walked out to the middle, took aim at a short one and picked out the only man on the boundary to go for a duck. Adam looked like he might stick around before missing a full one and having his off peg knocked back. Scotty was the last man out in the 40th over as he was plum LBW to Richard Underwood (4-24) leaving Ben on 23*. Baston finished on a defendable 120.
Scotty - Let the beat rock!
Teas were enjoyed by all, with Tracey doing a sterling job for the Baston boys, with her eggy-peggy sandwiches and warm tea going down a treat.
With Jono off living it up in Scotland, it was down to new boy Bow Wow to impress behind the stumps. Last week’s Timberland destroyer Dougie shared the new ball with Steve “like a new signing” Richardson.
Burgh captain Pearce has been impressing in the South Lincs this year, second only in the batting to The Moulton Maestro. Pearce took aim at Doug’s bowling early on lashing him through the covers and straight for a few boundaries.
It took a bit of luck for Baston to make a breakthrough after a poor start, with Adam running out young opener Scott Underwood (6) with umpire Pat judging that dropping his bat was a good reason to give him out.
Rico soon got in on the action removing Wilkinson (0) and Braithwaite (6) fairly cheaply. Burgh were 46-3 but always in with a chance with Pearce at the crease. Unbelievably Grumps got the key wicket in his next over as he took the top of Pearce’s off stump.
Tim replaced Doug, despite having a bad back and the plague. While setting his field he asked Lamin “can you do cow?” and got the brilliant response of “Mooooo!” Lamin compared the sick skipper’s breathing to Darth Vader, as the bearded wonder pulled out some impressions, particularly impressing with his Yoda.
The bearded joker!
Baston picked up 3 wickets for no runs, as Rico cleaned up chief nurdler Pete Blackmore (1), and then Pearce’s ginger wicket-keeping apprentice Phelpster (0) Tim (1-16) took his only wicket as joke spinner Richard Underwood was trapped in front for a duck. Burgh were 52-7.
Baston’s fielding was very good on the day, but there was a rare low point as the Laminator dropped a snipper close in. The lesser spoken of Underwood brother (Mark) came in at 9 but popped a catch to Ben close in for Rico’s sixth wicket.
Rico 7-19 - Back to his best!
Admin nut Sharp came in as last man, to partner Sylvester. They put on 9 before Sylvester was cleaned up by Rico. Steve finished with brilliant figures of 7-19 from 11.3 overs. Sharp wasn’t finished though as he went through the “13th over fiasco” with anyone who got caught talking to him.
The Burgh boys were in good spirits though and came back to the Spinner for a drink. Unfortunately they soon realised they should be heading back to their much more inviting pub and left. Due to illness, parties and a lack of motivation, most of the Baston boys were home and sober come 8 o’clock. A very rare occurrence and we can’t let it happen again.
The win was a good one for Baston taking them to 4th in the league, but they have a big game next week as they host promotion rivals Long Sutton.