What a great game of cricket
Even better when you win
As I said in my last Blog this is a busy week in a number of ways. Today was an important match for the U14’s who still have a chance of making the National Finals at Oakham School. They first had to beat a very good Cheshire team at Sefton Park. Like us Cheshire had only lost one game.
This was an absolute cracker of a game which fluctuated madly. It was certainly a test for the old blood pressure. We batted first and finished our 45 overs on 159 for 6. We would have settled for maybe 20 more as the wicket was taking spin. After a good start led by Calum Turner who got 63 we got bogged down in the middle overs. Cheshire’s two off spinners bowled superbly and caused all sorts of problems.
In reply Cheshire started cautiously and we managed to restrict their run scoring. The openers gave chances which we did not take and gradually upped the tempo. In fact in the middle overs they gave us a lesson in taking quick singles and pushing the score along. Our bowlers continued to exert pressure but we needed something different to try and turn the game in our direction.
Enter young Dasher Dearden with his off spin – not one of our regular bowlers. A wicket with his first ball removing one of the openers suddenly changed the game in our direction. He picked up another wicket two overs later and the game moved even further in our direction. With three overs to go Cheshire wanted 30 runs. Saqib Mahmud was to bowl two and it was decided to let Harry have the other. This was not a good over which saw the Cheshire batsmen turn the game in their favour leaving them needing seven of the last over. Harry finished his spell taking 5 wickets for 32. A super spell which changed the game. Saqib had the last over to bowl. First ball – no ball. Second Ball – the stumps were sent flying. Cheshire were at this stage under pressure and two run outs followed. 4 runs were needed from the last ball for Cheshire to win. Saqib steamed in and bowled the last man to set up an incredible victory.
When the bails went flying I thought Brysie was going to kiss me.
I must say if that final ball had gone for four then this would have been a very different Blog.
That’s the game of cricket though. It can give you moments like today but it can also have the power to knock you down. We had worthy opponents today and they deserve our congratulations on the part they played and the way they took their defeat.
The Under 14’s now have to beat Durham next week to further increase their chances of the National Finals.
We were very well looked after at Sefton Park and it was great to see Charlie and Joan O’Mahony. Sid Green appeared as well. It was like an LSCA OAP’s Get Together. Inevitably as all of us are “Cruisers” the talk did turn to where the next one was taking us.
Talking of Get Together’s the Annual Presentation Evening for the LCB Development of Excellence will take place on Tuesday September 6th in the Point at Old Trafford. Letters with details and Application Forms for tickets will be handed out by Team Managers over the next couple of weeks.
Phew what a week so far. Tomorrow sees me donning my JP suit and doing a day at Bury Magistrates Court. Court business at this time of the year can be slack so with a bit of luck I may finish at lunch time. There is an Under 16 2 Day Festival game at Radcliffe starting tomorrow so I might just nip round from Turks Road the half a mile to the cricket club. Brysie should be there basking in the glory of today. Great. I may show him the team picture from 19?? when Radcliffe had a certain John Heaton playing for them. I had very little more hair then than I have today but my blood pressure was much better.
Time for a Tesco moment.
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As receipt of nominations for the 2014 Lancashire County Boys Under 10 squad has now closed, please find below an extract from Team Manager John Williams’s report on a memorable and successful last day at the England Schools Cricket Association Under 10 Festival for the 2013 squad. ... Full story