Quite astonishingly, struggling Timberlands turned up at the Shrine of cricket to take on promotion-chasing Baston. Having only 10 players, Tim did offer Felix to the opposition to make sure they turned up. Timberland skipper IAN MICKLEBURGH responded by telling Tim they werenít that desperate.
IAN MICKLEBURGH lost the toss and was visibly shaken when Stamford fan Tim decided to bat first and prolong poor Timberlands misery. Itís fair to say there was some variation in the Timberland bowling attack, as big-time Charlie Jono and Ant tucked into opening bowler T. Chunk, but struggled to get the accurate V.O. Man off the square.
The scoring rate remained healthy (despite Anthony being at the crease) as the overs passed, despite V.O. Man finishing his 12 over spell for figures of 0-18.The expensive T. Chunk (0-57 off 6) was replaced by B. Slap, who fared little better (0-72 off 8), being despatched into Graceís garden by run-machine Jono.
Jon notched his 3rd half century of the season off just 51 balls and was looking to have got his head down after being dropped by B. Slap. However, his kind nature got the better of him and Jon gave a simple catch to a VSB, departing for a snimpressive 65 off 80 balls.
Moth enthusiast John Lamin came in at 3 and continued to struggle at the Shrine, top-edging a pull to the infield for 7. He was clearly annoyed at the pitch, shouting ďSNOD ITĒ as he trudged off. On the boundary, Lloydie was still insisting his track was playing like Lords.
Bowser entered the fray and began cautiously against (at last) some tidyish bowling. The runs continued to pile up though, aided by some generous extras from the visitors. There was also some comedy fielding from St. Trevor of Timberland, who kicked the ball over the boundary right in front of the Baston boys. How embarrassing!
Anthony also reached his 50 before being dismissed attempting his first aggressive shot of the season. Having danced down the pitch and been hit by a T. Chunk delivery, the sedate opener was a little sluggish in getting back to his crease, and was run out thanks to the hefty bowlers huge kick onto the stumps from half way down the track. Itís rumoured he is now being watched by Ajax scouts.
Ant with a trademark big shot
Bowser was starting to up the scoring rate, including hitting poor old Trev for three consecutive boundaries off 3 consecutive slow half-trackers, taking the portly number 4 to his brutal 50. Specialist number 5, head groundsman, and chief trouble causer Lloydie also decided to give poor Timberland a hard time, spanking the death bowlers to all parts, finishing on 28* off just 13 balls. Bowser finished on 75* off 63 balls, and was chiefly responsible for Bastonís 106 runs off the last 10 overs. The boys finished on a seasons best 268-3.
Bow Wow deserved his tea!
Tracey returned to the tea room and provided a lovely spread, including hot tea! The food was particularly enjoyed by Bowser who built a wall of sandwiches on his plate before demolishing them all in 42 seconds, and Tim who ate approximately 13 cream scones. Felix must have wished he was playing for his new friend Dirk (whose dads dogs died, incidentally) at Bourne, having once again been snubbed for the number 4 spot. Needless to say, a bag on ensued.
Obviously fancying a hatful of wickets against the young Timberland side, Tim opened the bowling with Rico. The openers started reasonably well though, and it took a good few overs before Michael Vaughan was bowled by Tim attempting another trademark cover drive.
Timberland opener David Huggins
Tim replaced himself with Adam after 6 tidy overs as he was feeling sick after one too many scones. It was (of course) another inspired decision from the skipper, as Adam trapped new bat LBW with his third ball. Rico joined then joined the party too, convincing P. Madonkey to give him an LBW too. Steveo (1-28 off 12) finished his tidy spell and was unlucky to finish with just one wicket.
Captain IAN MICKLEBURGH came to the crease hoping to increase the sluggish run rate. Unfortunately he fell slightly short, dragging a ridiculously wide ball from Adam onto his stumps for a duck. Having dared to bowl a bad ball, Adam (2-19 off 5) was hauled off and replaced by Benny for a rare outing with the ball. No-one could have foreseen what was to happen next....
Obviously confused by Bens start of double bouncers and head-high beamers, Pete Camm mistimed another full toss and was caught by Ant, despite his best efforts to hide behind the square leg umpire through fear of yet another drop.
Who knows what will happen next?
The wicket gave Benny all kind of confidence and he claimed another wicket in his first over. With little batting left to come, Tim (1-19 off 12) kept himself and Ben on. Lady luck wasnít on the skippers side though, as he had to bowl all his overs to the opener who was scoring at a rate so sluggish Anthony would have been proud. Ben however (avec comedy run up) got to bowl to the small boys and ripped through the lower order, and soon picked up his third and fourth wickets, including the luckless Trev who ducked a yorker and was plumb LBW.
Timberland all rounder S. Lowe seemed familiar
Benny (5-33 off 9) wrapped things up and completed an astonishing five-fer by removing the stubborn opener, Jono taking a sharp catch above his head behind the timbers, as Timberland were all out for 117.
Andy Lowe batted well for his 36
Celebrations back in the Spinner included some surprise guests; as the boys were joined by Timberland star Trevor, and half the Spalding 3rds team, celebrating their crushing victory over Stamford. A Baston vs Spalding pool match was proposed but unfortunately the opposition stormed off as the Spinner refused to serve them carrot juice.