Despite the visit of league leaders Claypole, the big talking point before the game was that the local papers had called Joe, 'Milton'. Everyone thought this was brilliant, except poor old Milts who said he'd rather be called 'Churchy' (BBAG)
Claypole took one look at Lloydie's rock hard deck and opted to bat. There were a few changes as Liam, Hawk and Bash were unavailable, Big Dave was on a 2 day tour of Venezuela, and Ant was still stuck to the Baston CC physio table. There were unwelcome returns of Lloyd and AGF, while promising Scottish International player Alec made his long-awaited Saturday debut.
With Hawk unavailable, the new ball was chucked to photography bore Biggs who bowled well at the Attewell family, clean bowling them both to leave the northerners 60-2 off 14. Lamin removed slogger King (29) thanks to a good catch from VSM. Claypole batted well but were unable to create many good partnerships as Tim took regular wickets in the middle order (4-56)
Dyer 4-56 and still got it
Adam was left with a quandary as he needed to find 3 overs from the Kates Bridge end. After consulatation, he tossed the ball to Alec who bowled 3 overs of raging turning leg spin. Unfortunately all leg spinner bowl the odd tosh ball and he was put away a few times, but had Claypole's Lord Kitchener in all sorts of bother.
Claypole finished on 166 all out in the 41st over, as Chris Wharmby (bit like Welby) was given out plum LBW off a leading edge through third man.
Baston's chase started well as Mark and Milts put on 50 for the first wicket, before both fell LBW to Claypole's wicket machine Barnsdale. At the other end, J. Attewell #99 (with a flake) slumped off with a bad back after a poor spell.
VSM (31) & Milts (26)
From 69-2 Baston should have done better, but Lamin, Newson and Hilless all failed to see off the dangerous Barnsdale. The skipper was even more perturbed as he gave his wicket to his biggest rival for the bowling trophy. Barnsdale finished with 5-18 from his 12 overs.
AGF lasted 6 balls before he swiped at a straight one and was bowled by a fired up Wharmby. Hudson showed some resolve but snicked behind for 15. Some good biffing from Biggs (18) gave Baston hope, but it wasn't to be as they were all out for 138 with Downie 7* from an impressive 173 balls.
A nice sight on a bad day #Dougsjugs