Baston travelled down to Bretton, the CITY OF PETERBOROUGH knowing they had to win to maintain their promotion push into division 2. Baston fielded a strong team even without Ben ‘Bert, Bag On’ Hudson who was on holiday in Norfolk, in which Baston skipper Tim Dyer described;
‘Ben is not playing because he is on his period’
So Andrew ‘Tubs’ Townsin, Matthew ‘AGF’ Grace making there 20/20 debuts for the season and Bourne legend Jono Stainsby came into the side. Skipper Tim Dyer won the toss and decided to put Perkins curly haired captain into field.
Perkins Captain Andy Keen
Baston made a good start with in form batsmen Jon Howard scoring 2 beautiful cut shots for 4. But this was definitely not a batting wicket with balls coming head height or pee rolling around your ankles. It made Baston wicket look like Lords. Jon Howard fell shortly afterwards for 9.
Next into the crease was Jono Stainsby in which first ball he faced scored a lovely shot for 4. Afterwards Staino struggled to score and got out for 12 playing a typical VILLAGE shot to get out.
This brought to the crease Mark ‘Smiler’ Richardson who played his finest innings to date. Baston were struggling with 2 wickets down with Smiler and Lembo FC at the crease. These two both played very important innings to get Baston to a respectable total. Lembo FC was bowled playing across the line scoring 25. Smiler retired on 35* not out playing some beautiful shot’s all around the pitch, this also included Smiler getting hit on the helmet. That ball would have hit most people in the ribs but as Smiler is known to be such a small boy it hit him straight onto his boy size cricket helmet.
Baston lost a couple of wickets in Andrew Townsin and Jim Clarke, but still made a respectable total in 127 thanks to some good lower hitting from Adam’s Ginger Friend, Matthew Grace who scored 16.
Baston knew they had a chance with a bowler friendly wicket. Opening bowler was Simon Lem who bowled tight and accurate as he normally does ending up with figures of 4-0-14-1. Simon learnt to bowl like this from Baston Bald legend Bill Hall at the Billy Hall World Domination of Destroying Village Cricket Academy. At the other end was the express pace of whispering Dyer. Tim would agree that his first over was utter GUFF going for 15 runs off that one over. So he made an aspiring bowling change by putting on Smiler to bowl. Perkins were keeping up with the run –rate with superb batting from their opening batsmen Tumuala Karham. But once he had to retire on 35* not out Perkins struggled to keep up with the run rate
After Lembo FC spell, Staino came onto bowl and bowled really well keeping the run rate down, Staino was unlucky not to get a wicket in his first over but a bottled catch from Tim Dyer thinking it was a giant Banana coming towards him at mid off was Tres poor fielding. Staino and Smiler put on a good bowling partnership together both picking up a wicket apiece. But once Tumuala Karham had to retire on 35* not out Perkins struggled to keep up with the run rate and the wickets kept on tumbling with some good tight bowling from Clarkie and Tim Dyer.
With one over to go and Perkins needing 20 to win in the pitch black dark, Baston needed someone to step up to the challenge and take on the responsibility. There was a big debate between skip and vice skip and they both decided that Adam Hilless should bowl the last over. Adam Bowled a very good over with figures of 1-0-7-1. This made the tarts victorious in their quest to finishing second in the league to get promoted in the 20/20 league.