Saturday again and Baston CC welcomed Thomas Cook to the shrine hoping to erase the memory of last week’s poor performance against Stamford. The big Baston news of the week was the unveiling of a new signing.....George Hartley no less. George (sheep noise) had decided to move on from Baston’s feeder club (Sorry Hedley) and take his development path a step further by going BIG TIME at Baston. In keeping with Baston’s youth policy only three of the players for the game were above thirty, a record surely?
Bourne supremo Hedley (left) happy to let George go
Anyway, enough chat, on with the game. After a lengthy look at the wicket and player consultation Tim stuck the oppo in as usual and it was up to Adam and Grumps to open the bowling. Surely Hilless couldn't fail with Felix at mid on giving in depth instructions every ball to the increasingly irritated bowler who was running in muttering 'shut the fuckup you moron' at least twice an over. Adam soon found the edge of both openers’ bats but sadly for him they kept nicking it to the keeper and slip cordon so there was no chance of either being caught. A change of ends finally produced a wicket as Matta nicked another ball, this time into his pad and was promptly on his way LBW!
After a brief rain break and a couple of wickets for Stevie G, Cooks had reached 85-3 when the wheels started to come off as a neat bit of fielding from Sporty resulted in a run out and smart low catch from Felix giving miserable git Lamin his first (and last) wicket of the day. With Grumps having bowled out with a creditable return of 2-35 it was time for under pressure skipper Dyer to bowl his moonballs. Six overs and the innings was all finished as Tim mopped up the tail end with the help of some dubious stroke play to finish with 5-7 and Cooks were all out for 115. All smiles in the home camp as they tucked into a tasty tea looking forward to claiming 20 points later.
New star George (left) with wicket taking Skip (right)
The usual openers, Jono and Liam strode out confidently to the wicket but Baston were soon in trouble as a loose shot from Liam and a mistimed pull from Jono left the score at 27-2.With debutant Hartley at the wicket things soon became worse as Hames, who has more women in tow than runs scored this season, offered a simple catch and Ben played a pirouette shovel shot to give the umpire, an easy LBW decision. Oh dear, 38-4 and not looking good.
Sporty Scotty joined George (sheep noise) in the middle and slowly began to turn the game, George showing calm temperament and solid technique and Scotty displaying some confident shots after a nervy start. An invaluable 51 was added before Hartley was bowled by Matta and after a few biffed boundaries from Lamin it was left to Adam and hero Scotty to finish the job. So, 20 points gained and fourth place in the league consolidated.
Off to the White Horse for jugs (of beer) and more quality food from our host, then it was time for Stevie G to demonstrate how to catch moths while the rest of us swapped amusing anecdotes and some badinage (verbally abused each other.) Happy Days