A Very Good Two Days
But the nerves are shredded
Where to start. In basic terms there were three games over the weekend that concerned me personally – 2 for Greenmount and one for Lancashire U11’s. You could add that the Lancashire U13 game v Derbyshire was also of interest.
All four games resulted in victories. The two that I watched were close encounters – in fact the first could not have been any closer.
Greenmount v Kearsley on Saturday was a dress rehearsal for the Hamer Cup Final next Sunday. The Mount batted first and thanks to another Andy (Plon) Kerr century posted a total of 208 for 9. This was not the sort of score that they were looking for as the middle order again failed to make its mark. Kearsley are not renowned for sitting on the bat handle and they set off at a rate of knots. Regular wickets for Stewie began to swing the game in the favour of Greenmount. Enter Richard Das Neves, the Kearsley pro, and fast forward to what was to be the last over of the game. Kearsley were 206 for 8 with said pro 126 not out and facing. Stewie had taken 7 wickets, but Number 1 son was to bowl the last over. Das Neves last shot off him had almost landed in Totty St. John’s ground. First ball was a wide !! The second ball Das Neves tried to send the ball into orbit, got a knick and our pro took a good catch. Last man, the ever popular Mr Mather came in, needing two runs for victory. He survived three balls before falling plumb LBW, giving Greenmount victory by 1 run. Cue the celebrations. By the way that Plon century took him past 1.000 runs in the season in all competitions.
Game 2 for me was in the viilage of Calverton, just to the North of Nottingham. This was a rather pleasant, welcoming ground for the U11 fixture. There were just two drawbacks. Firstly the plague of wasps which pestered everyone all day. There must have been zillions. As it happens no one was bitten, that I am aware of, and when the cricket got exciting they were forgotten. The other drawback came from a group of seriously numty young Calvertonians, who were “playing “ in a wood at one end of the ground. Not sure whether they were being Tarzan of the Apes or Robin Hood but they were a pain.
We batted first reaching 159 for 7 at the end of our 45 overs. A number of players made telling contributions with Rehan Udwadia top scoring with 33 followed by Tom Heaton with 27. Siobhan Mirza was given the new ball and responded with 2 early wickets. At 54 for 5 Notts looked in trouble. We then took our foot off the gas. It was a very hot day and it is difficult for youngsters to keep concentration levels high all the time. There was a good Notts sixth wicket stand but eventually the introduction of Lewis Dove did the trick and the partnership was broken. Notts pressed on as the overs passed by. Their last wicket fell to a smart run out with 12 runs still needed. I can tell you that I did a lot of laps. Well done everyone.
Whilst sweating away at Calverton, Greenmount had their second game of the weekend defeating Egerton quite comfortably, extending their lead slightly at the top of the League to 24 points. Andy Kerr and our pro had runs and PJH took 6 wickets.
The Under 13’s were away last week at Taunton. We suffered a serious communication breakdown and although I knew of their results I did not have the details. The full set of scores is posted in the Excellence Section of the website. They finished fourth having lost two matches.
Elsewhere in the ECB Cup Competition they have been doing well and continued this form with a victory against Derbyshire at Stainsby Hall CC yesterday. They are unbeaten in this competition with two matches remaining.
What’s on this week.
The Under 12’s are down in Taunton and I am sure that John Hood will keep me up to date with developments. Tomorrow the Under 15’s are due to play Durham at East Lancs CC, Blackburn starting at 11.30 am. On Wednesday the Under 14’s also play Durham in their important ECB Cup match. This game is being played at Middleton starting at 1.00pm.
There are two games on Thursday with the Under 11’s at Newton le Willows v Staffordshire, and the Under 13’s playing Cheshire at Flixton.
I have not sorted my schedule out yet but expect to get to most of these games.
Finally I have been very surprised at the number of people who comment to me about the Blog when they see me at matches. Most seem to be complimentary. There was one negative from a group of Greenmount supporters who had not been mentioned in the Blog. These are the ones who have increased the sales of red wine in the club quite considerably over recent weeks. So there now they’ve been mentioned. It will cost them for me not to name them in any future Blogs.
Back later in the week.