Finally the rain subsided, the
snorkels were put away and the Sunday XI, sighted less often than Lord
Lucan’s birthmark, took to the field for the first time in six weeks.
Unfortunately the delay was increased slightly
by the skippers inability to read a fixture card start time and then by
his brazen attempts to explain away his temporary dyslexia.
Near neighbours Lubenham won the
toss, batted first and scored 198 in the nose reddening heat of the
day. Lee Butler took the bowling honours with two decent bursts of seam
up bowling that brought three wickets in total
and debutant wicketkeeper Kieran showed distinct promise behind the
The Kibworth reply was ably led
by Laurence Joel who thankfully wielded the bat a whole lot better than
the cherry, his finely crafted 91 (albeit aided by some golden churn
style catching technique) formed the platform
that enabled the Legends to launch their final assault.
11 wanted from 2 overs became 4
from the final over with Kean on strike and Lee Butler waiting at the
other end. We now slip over to Cricinfo style ball by ball commentary of
what occurred in those final six deliveries.
Boom, Kean went big and assumed
it was all over. The ball though slowed up significantly and they only
ran one. Three wanted from five balls.
Butler faces up and gives it his finest Boycottesque style forward defensive. Three wanted from four
Didn’t catch that first one?
Watch the forward defensive action replay, three wanted off three. Cue
slight backside twitching on the home balcony
Ah, aggressive shot. Two ran.
Kibworth need one off two balls. It must have been close to beer
o’clock, Abbo spotted coming onto the ground.
In times of trouble, go with
what you know. Lee prods the penultimate delivery back down the track
leaving a bemused home crowd facing a last ball shoot out with scores
Final ball. Kean running down
the pitch ‘backing up’, no need as Lee plants the ball over the fielding
ring for a boundary to mid-wicket and walks off grinning like a
Cheshire Cat that has escaped the latest neutering
All in all it was good to be back but unless your name was Iron Nerve Butler you probably didn’t enjoy the last few overs.