FIRSTS GET RAINED OFF BUT SECONDS WIN AGAIN.
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Rain wins again
The Martlet’s welcomed Harborne 3rds to the Jewry Field and on yet another bone hard track which looked as though it had plenty of runs in it, surprisingly Harborne who are chasing promotion and with rain forecast to start falling at about 5pm chose to bat. Although they were to put a good score on the board they were never realistically going to give themselves enough time to bowl the hosts out, strange. Tea arrived at this point courtesy of Dan Johnson who was driving one of the growing collection of wrecks littering the Johnson driveway apparently they had an offer of one for £30 or three for £100 (aah Billy) The opening attack of James Ganderton and Dan Johnson offered width to the openers and without too much effort they were rocketing along at 8 an over both were replaced promptly, Alec Francis (10-0-42-1) applying the brakes immediately by taking a wicket in his second over with Mark Johnson operating at the other end the run rate started to decrease. At 180 for 2 and opener Ali on 76 who had looked relatively untroubled, Ganderton (4/32) returned to bowl his off spin, Ali smeared one to backward point where arthritic fieldsman Si Butler snatched a smart catch millimetres from the turf this precipitated a collapse from the visitors. With Gandy weaving a web at one end, Simon Van Tongeren managed to burgle one at the other courtesy of a smart leg side catch and stumping from Dom Jones, Harborne reeling at 210 for 7. Alas in looking to apply the coup de gras the home side attacked too much and Baines (35) and Matthews (25) took toll the score racing to 280 before the returning Oliver Dunks strangled the last 3 wickets in 8 balls including one from a beamer that the batsman played off his nose but not called, Harborne obviously thought they had enough on the board.
Tea was a pleasant experience with the highlight of the day being Nana Johnson’s lemon drizzle and butterfly sponge cakes, this despite the fact that Johnson had forgotten to purchase a pint of milk for tea. With a light drizzle falling Martley defied the laws of the game and started their reply, Hong Kong bound Jones was quickly into his stride at a run a ball and following the early dismissals of Mark Johnson and Gandy was joined by Dunks (22) They started to put the game on an even keel as Martley chased 168 off 20 overs to constitute a game. With the rain getting steadily heavier and rumblings of discontent in the home dressing room common sense prevailed in the 13th over with Jones 38* and Martley poised on 97 for 3. Hopefully Martley can win the next two games against sides below them to push for a respectable positional finish and not let things slide to a close.
Person of the Match Nana Johnson, top cakes. Says it all really
SECONDS WIN AGAIN AND UP TO THIRD
In the absence of our regular correspondents I ventured to extract a report on the 2nds game from Tom.
Dad: How did you get on? Son: Okay
Dad: Well did you win? Son: I think so ...
Dad: So what were the scores then? Son: We got 272
Dad: How many did they get? Son: 127 off 25 overs
Dad: So you won by Duckworth/Lewis Son: We must have ...
Dad: Who got the runs then? Son: Gandy got 40 and the new bloke David Kelly got 52 no
Dad: Did you get any Son: Yeah 23 I was out off the last ball of the innings.
Dad: Who else got any runs? The Galvins? Son: Alfie got 35 and his dad got 30
Dad: What about Jon? Son: 6 Dad: We need to get him in the nets to get him back in good nick.
Dad: What about Watty after his net on Friday? Son: 30 Dad: Practice makes perfect!
Dad: How did Mark Kennedy do? Son: He got 20 odd
Dad: So everybody (except Jon) got runs then Son: Yeah
Mum So how did your wicket-keeping go? Son: Alright I took a catch off Max
Mum: How many byes? Son: Just 2 Dad: That's not bad.
Dad: Who opened the bowling? Son: Tej and Jay
Dad: How did they do? Son: A bit wayward.
Dad: Who else bowled? Son: Max & Mark. Mark was good he was turning it both ways!
Dad: So it was a good game all round the - 20 more points!
Son: Yeah it was alright!
PS Dad: What was the tea like Tom? Son (in a much more enthusiastic tone of voice): It was really good! There was watermelon, chips, caramel rice crispies which were lovely, cakes, pizza and loads of sandwiches.
The author excepts no liability for any inaccuracies in this report as he was relying on the adolescent mutterings of his teenage son!
HERE'S A BRIEF ROUND UP OF THE GAME;
Steady batting down the order helped Martley Seconds to a respectable 272 for 7 at Alveley.
Highlight was an unbeaten 52 from David Kelly on his debut for the club.
He got good support from Rob Ganderton (40) Mark Kennedy (21), Paul Galvin (32) St Watt (32) and Tom Butler (23).
Alveley’s replied started well before Max Houchin came on to part the openers.
Kelly also starred with the ball taking 1 for 32 in a frugal spell of 9 overs but with the home side on 129 for 2 in the 27th over the conditions worsened, and the game was called off, with Martley winning on Duckworth/Lewis.