Undefeated Baston travelled eager to keep up their 100% winning record in SLBL div 2 at Boston. Selection was as difficult this week more due to the amount of unavailability’s with VSM (Forgot it was Saturday), D.Long (Injured), Tim (Scared of Mickey Troops and Division 2 teas) and Bashwell (Babysitting). The chosen ones were Sporty, Biggsy, Neil and sick note Liam.
Mickey had been dreaming of this game for weeks to practice his Steve Bull impression
On arrival to Boston, Adam held a meeting with Big time Lamin and hungover Ant to what to do at the toss. Baston had a problem this week with an injured Liam ‘Only able to bat’ meaning the side had only two frontline bowlers. Auditions were held at nets in the morning to which Sporty was laughed off, Biggsy thought he was playing Baseball which duly left Hawk to fill the void needed. Adam won the toss and decided to stick Boston in.
An early breakthrough was needed and that is what exactly the skipper delivered bowling the Boston captain, who attempted a Ben Hudson shovel and was bowled (Shame as he had scored 90 and 70 in his previous innings). Wicket number 2 fell soon after as Liam exploited the international rules of one hand, one bounce to get rid of the young wicket keeper from Boston. D.Gilding was being his usual defensive mode and was proving difficult to remove… step forward the hawk to claim his first SLBL wicket trapping the batsman LBW. Boston 46-3 after 10.
Hawk celebrates his first wicket, with a trademark funny run
Boston steadily scored runs but as soon as they looked like they might build some momentum, Baston took wickets. Biggsy and Joe tried their cause by dropping some snippers which they tried to claim weren’t fineable?!?! Just catch it next time boys!!! Though J.Tether was the only boston player who stuck it out through the innings making a nice 40, having to even deal with an extreme body line from Hawk who duly clattered him on the helmet with a head high full toss. Lamin eventually got his wicket with a leg spin variation ball that worked a treat.
Boston were eventually all out for 135 with Lamin the pick of the bowlers with 4-18 off his 12 overs. A score that Baston felt was very gettable. After a very nice tea, still hungover and just about avoiding to throw up yaaaaaaaaaa Ant and ‘Still a very sore groin’ Liam opened the batting. The partnership was only 2 runs old when Liam on nought flicked the ball straight to JC which he shelled which would prove to be an expensive drop. After that, Liam started to find the boundary even off the bowling of ex Wimbledon line judge opening bowler Gollum. Ant departed by giving Appleyard the easiest caught and bowled and it was up to Lamin to get in and steady the ship.
Liam continued to find the boundary off all the bowlers where as John was LBW playing across the line to a straight full ball…….. At drinks, baston were 76-2 and Liam was 55 not out having run to the boundary for a fag (Bear in mind he hadn’t run all day prior to this point!!). He asked what he was on and ensued on trying to score the remaining runs himself to claim his first Baston century. He was starting now to hit the ball to all parts (avec tongue out) whilst Ben did his job of keeping Liam on strike.
Liam brings up Baston's first ever groin strain inflicted 50
As the runs required to win drew equal with what Liam needed for his 100, there was only way it was way this fairytale was going to end. Duly, Liam hit 2 boundaries and a smartly run 2 with Hudson allowed him to finish 100 not out which everyone was delighted.
Beers were enjoyed back at the pub especially hearing that Claypole had lost meaning that Baston were not only still undefeated but were now TOP OF THE LEAGUE!
MoM: Liam did ok, but Dave didn’t do anything and didn’t come to pub, but gave money towards club jugs so well done Dave.
DoD: Adam for his poor fielding, mincing around the boundary and his fat face as seen below: