Following Baston’s shock home defeat to Boston, there was a committee meeting to decide which 11 men would be elected to make the trip to the place where Irn Bru is consumed as regularly as water and everything is deep fat fried, Heckington.
Since nobody turned up to the AGM and Tim had unfortunately broken his rib #shame, Jono was elected to skip a much changed but strong Baston side with Big Dave, Keeno, Doug and Hames out and L.i.am (bored already), Bowser (Diet Coke’s new sponsor), Darren (No disco this week), Sporty (back from uni) and Felix (Now older than amount of brain cells possessed) brought in.
With Tim finding some of the Heckington players to moan about his injury inflicted by 12 year old boy, Jono went out to the middle, won the toss and chose to bat on a belter of a wicket @longsnutton. Jono and Liam went out to bat whilst Lloyd was setting his morals by declining Tim’s offer of wine before batting. After a quick start, Bowser eventually arrived to see L.i.am back in the hut after getting bored of timing the ball well and scoring boundaries.
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The two Jo(h)ns then set out about trying to trying to get the score up until popular skipper Jono edged to Ashley Giles who decided to drop the ball, kick it back up to himself on the fall and then catch it again. After getting out, Jon decided to abandon his team mates for his new friend as he watched VSM get out quickly leaving the score at 55-3 at drinks
VSM enthralled by Baston's batting performance
With drinks consumed, Sporty banished to do some umpiring and Tim’s story near death experience with an eight year old getting more elaborate with each glass of wine; Lloydie and Boner went to the task of scoring more runs. Play was stopped for a while when some pussy and bitches invaded the pitch; until their owner ran on to save their dignity. Lloydie departed soon after going for a trademark big swoosh that ended up at gully. Some good stroke play from Bowser and Lamin got the score up over 100. Lamin’s mate Chris Morley was trying all sorts to get John out, including taking the bails without the ball and trying to persuade the umpire that the playground rule of one hand, one bounce actually applied in cricket. With a few scampered runs at the end between Ben, Fee and Sport, Baston eventually reach 127-8.
Top scorer Lamin (34) doing a fine job as reserve treasurer
Teas were enjoyed by all (including Tim who refused to pay for it on the basis that he had already consumed 3 bottles of wine) and Baston looked to use the new ball to their advantage. Grumps and Liam started with the new ball and immediately Grumps was causing danger-man Charlesworth problems and eventually bowled him good and proper and Baston knew they were in business. With the Baston crowd (Deb Deb and Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuueeeeeeeeeeeeeee) going wild as Dyer had fallen asleep. More amazement moments later as they couldn’t believe their eyes at Chris Bower’s agility behind the stumps and then even clinging onto a catch at the fourth time of asking! Liam decided to get in on the act as well with two big wickets in successive balls which left Heckington 20-4.
Victory was surely a formality but Gilo, Morley and northern lad Braaaaaaithwaite hung around to put pressure on the Baston total. This was especially helped by the fact that the latter was dropped four times by Darren, Bowser, and both Jo(h)ns!! Never fear though, the newly elected chairman/treasurer/fundraiser/all-round small man Smiler joined the party to help clear the tail and Heckington were eventually bowled out for 95.
Victory was celebrated in differing ways by the Baston boys, with some choosing a BBQ, some choosing a quiet drink at the Baskies, whilst the younger generation went to the Bourne Beer Festival where it was rumoured Felix ended up first in the queue for the stomach pump.
Baston travel to Lamin’s current Sunday side Blankney in search of maintaining their 2nd place position in the league.
Super Stand-in Skipper Jono and the club's new motto