Sunday Legends V Welford – Kibworth won by 60 runs
In a season where Sunday performances have risen and fallen like a drunken chef’s soufflé Sunday’s victory over Welford was like a mini replay of the action since April. Awful in patches, inspired in other the baby Legends cantered to a solid, if unspectacular, victory by 60 runs.
After winning the toss Kibby raced out the blocks. Aadil Ali began smashing the visiting attack with rare aplomb and with a better strike rate than Casanova in a Girls only finishing school. Badri at the other end joined in the fun and a score well in excess of 200 seemed more than likely.
The Sunday team rarely do things the easy way however. Badri fell first and 37 without loss quickly became 50 odd for 5. Bhavik and Aadil got involved in the mid wicket ‘excuse me’ dance which led to the former’s quickstep back to the wicket, Olly Lodge fell quickly, Aadil couldn’t apply the brakes when required and the Bard made his usual mid digit contribution before a rush of blood sent him back slamming his bat on the turf as he went. Pads were being put on and off at such a great rate there were sparks coming out of the home dressing room.
The ship was steadied thanks to a steady knock from Dave Pounds and an innings of composure from Lee Butler. Lee’s confidence visibly grew as he either worked the good ball nicely or smashed the bad one at terrific velocity; only a momentary lack of concentration robbed him of the higher score his application deserved. Mention must be made too of useful prospect Dave Pounds who scored a half century that must be filed away under ‘Captain’s innings’. Although finally all out with the score on 183 the home score seemed enough at tea.
If Dave finished one half in style his son Sam opened in good order with the cherry. Despite not being of the highest pace he secured double early success by testing out the middle of the pitch and the home side were off to a flyer.
A brief period of resistance was broken by Aadil turning the ball square from the pylon end and then Lee Butler came back to stake a claim for all rounder status with three swift wickets. Soon victory was seemingly assured and it became a race to finish matters off to watch the end of the first team game on the top square.
Bhavik applied to the coup de grace with a nicely flighted delivery that convinced the batter to shoulder arms, only to see the ball hit the top of middle. Hands were shaken at top speed and both teams watched the last three overs of the main game which left most with precious few fingernails.