Another sunny Saturday afternoon and Baston CC packed their cricket gear and border permits for the game at the East european enclave of Bostonia.
Notable absentees were :-
- Liam - apparently still bored
- Lloyd - still recovering from his last game
- Adam + AGF - still 'havin it large' somewhere
- Felix - Failed doping/dopey test
Gracey forgot his suncream
Making his debut for Baston was former N.Luffenham kingpin Dave Brew who had foolishly allowed Ben to persuade him to join the rest of us for the day. Will Kemp also returned to the side for his first game of the season.
On arrival at the ground it was clear something was wrong.....the wicket was DRY.....and HARD.....and FLAT,a new experience for the season. Not only that, Boston had failed to select a single eastern european player in their eleven.
Horrendously under pressure skipper Dyer decided batting first was essential but hopes were dashed as he lost the toss and was invited to field first.The Boston batters were soon regretting their own captains decision to bat as both openers fell to Bowser catches in the first two overs with Rico and Little Ant the happy bowlers.A simple catch for Ben gave Rico his second wicket to leave Boston on 19-3 after five overs. Boston skipper Gilding and lanky cack-hander Evans began to rebuild the innings though the scoring rate began to slow with the introduction of Sprew, err I mean Brew,into the attack.
Brew making his first, and probably last, appearance for Baston
Brew (2-29) claimed his treasured first Baston wicket when Evans played on at 71-4. Dyer began to loosen up to bowl as the oppositions small boys began to pad up but after grumpy git Lamin (4-23) fluked the run out of Deptford he went on to selfishly clean up the tail leaving his captain wicketless AGAIN! Gilding was left stranded on 72 out of a total of 109, a proper captain's innings.
With tea demolished the usual opening pair of Ant Snr and Jono walked out to the middle while the rest us were showered in assorted debris thrown out of the scorebox by the pair of morons sent in there by Tim.
June-Ya messing about!
Boston's youthful and promising opening bowlers posed a few early problems but 43 were scored before Ant was bowled for 20. Jono showed some fine strokeplay as Baston closed in on a win,with Bonesy,Bowser and Brew all dismissed cheaply but,with just 6 required,he was bowled for an excellent 58.This left budding allrounders Scotty and Ben to see us through and the win came in style with Bens' signature shot - the Cover Slap for 4.
Sporty: The Finisher!
So a much needed 20 points in the bag but Baston are still marooned at the bottom of Division 2.The fat lady might be on the horizon but she's not singing yet!
Jono gets stuck into a Masala Zone special