After the team euphoria created by Lloyds' century at Moulton the previous week it was back to the Shrine for the first home game of the season with the division’s new boys and near neighbours Market Deeping 2nds.After winning the toss they decided to put the Pigs/White Horses into bat, no doubt expecting some early seam and bounce from the green and damp Baston track. Well....seam movement yes, pace and bounce??? No way Pedro!!
Usual openers Jono and Ant walked out to the middle to face the new ball and it took only a couple of deliveries to see that the wicket was a typical Baston slow grafting track. Patience required! Hopes of a good start were soon dashed as Mozza fell lbw for five but the scoring soon picked up thanks to 12 no balls and a wide in four overs from bowler Anderson (take a break, thanks).
Deeping brought their own fans with them
The total reached the forties when Laminator missed a straight one and before long Liam and new Legendary Lloydie had gone cheaply too. Even worse, Jono finally lost patience and chipped up a catch off the wily Andrews after making 18 and a typical Baston collapse looked likely. Salvation arrived in the form of a VSM and Adam who combined to grind out the best partnership of the innings, with Smiler making an invaluable 35.
VSM (left), and Adam (right) put together a good partnership of 58
Adam (20) provided sensible support but went to pieces somewhat when the VSM was out, deciding to play the 'hit the ball to the nearest fielder possible and take a run anyway' game. AFGF (Adams former ginger friend) was not amused, left sprawled on the wicket gasping like a freshly caught large ginger salmon and still run out by four yards. Adam was bowled shortly after, Ben likewise and skipper Dyer, clearly not wanting to dirty his new pads, sportingly walked without touching the ball (#prick) leaving Felix stranded on 6 not out. Total 128 all out..........would it be enough?
Suitably refreshed after a superior Baston tea the home team returned to the middle to see if the previous weeks win was just a fluke or something more. Deeping opened the batting with the contrasting pair of Malton jnr and Nick Andrews some forty odd years his senior.
Adam and Felix provided the bowling firepower for Baston but neither could make any headway in terms of wickets so Tim switched Fluff to his preferred pavilion end and brought Liam on at the other where the angry man made the breakthrough with an excellent caught and bowled to remove Andrews.
Lamin (5-8) and Dyer (4-29) get the job done
Gradually the Deeping run rate began to fall but with no further breakthrough Tim opted for some slow bowling from himself and Air force one and the score reached 74-1 before Dyer removed Malton Snr plum lbw to delight the home crowd. With one end open wickets began to tumble and when Sam Malton was caught & bowled Lamin/Bonesy for an impressive 46 the writing was on the wall. Catches were held (Ant & Ben), a stumping for Jono and victory claimed along with the full 20 points.
Felix pays up!
Billingborough next week, can we do it again?
Lloyd on the phone telling his wife that we're still playing