Kibworth 3rd XI welcomed Rushton 2nd XI to Fleckney rd on Saturday the 18th of May 2013.
Following the bore fest that was last weeks game the boys were hoping for some excitement this week so recalled to the team the comedy duo Tom Bale and Jay Boucher. With Asif going into the 2nd XI the big hitting Luke Spence was brought back in to add strength to the top order and the seam attack was to be shared between Jason Singh, Ollie Lodge and Monik Patel with Tej earning a well deserved place in the 2nd XI.
The turning point in the game happened at the toss. All I can say is thank the chairman’s trousers that we won it and opted to put Rushton into bat. Jai and Monik took the new ball and bowled good lines and lengths to restrict the scoring to two per over for the first 14. Jai struck early nipping the off stump of Peter Frankam out of the ground. There then followed a 75 run partnership at just under 3 per over before Ollie Lodge struck from the pylon end first nicking off Aaron Lingley who didn’t walk followed by dismissing him LBW the very next ball. David Wonfor continued to build for the visitors reaching a well made 82 at the close with Ryan Lingley supporting him with 30 not out. Rushton closed on 167 for 2 from their 50 overs. Plaudits must go to all of the bowlers who bowled tightly and it was great to see Jai and Monik employing good cricketing brains at the death and working out where to bowl to two well set batsmen looking to score. The over rate was excellent thanks to Luke, Ben Lodge and Wilko who pressured the batsmen with good tight spells through the middle overs.
Now I don’t know if it was the carnival atmosphere created by music drifting over from Kib Fest or the boredom of a team scoring at 3 per over on a lightening quick KCC outfield but the KCC lads forgot how to catch. If the ball came along the ground we swooped like hungry sparrows bombing a bird table but if the ball was in any way aerial in nature we stumbled up to it with arms flailing as if trying to beat away a wasp from a jam sandwich. A mediocre fielding performance against a weak team would be the fuse that set off the captain’s anger and Greeno brought the boys back to reality with a good hairdryer shouting at before tea.
With Luke back in the team Greeno paired the big hitting Spence and the technically gifted Henry Simpson. Rushton fell to 9 men after tea with two off to a football presentation so there were gaps a plenty on a big Kibworth outfield. Both men prospered on a good deck and made hay as the sun began to shine. Luke passed 50 with ease before cutting one to back ward point for a quick 61. Wilko joined Henry as the little master cruised to 68 not out. Wilko finished on 29 not out with each boundary he struck greeted by rapturous applause as the entire Wilkins’ family looked out with pride. It was over before it had really begun as we brought up 170 with only 28 overs bowled. A clinical performance saw many a man with pad rash but Greeno was pleased with 22 points which sees us climb to 5th in the league.
Next week we travel to newly promoted Weldon who will surely provide a much sterner test than the last couple of weeks. With Greeno, LJ and Henry all unavailable and key players missing in the 2nd and 1st teams new faces will step into the void and surely prove their worth in the large and talented squad we have for 2013.