The 4’s took to the field against Enderby 2’s short of a number of regulars in the form of corporate hospitality enjoying Dunc’ Jones, the Dog Sitting Mark Senior and the touring Tom Robinson.
Coupled with the call up of previous week’s bowling hero Rajiv to the 3’s there was some trepidation that we may struggle against traditionally tough opponents.
Losing the toss on a furnace of a day the boys found themselves in the field and the recalled Chairman opened the bowling with Ginger Jimmy (Harry Pounds) as our only 2 seamers.
The skipper needn’t have worried as Harry was on the mark from ball one, in his most impressive spell of the season and took 3 great wickets in his first spell of 6 overs.
At the other end the Chairman toiled away and the strategy of bowling him until he dropped, on the basis that there was no way he could come back for a second spell, paid dividends as by his 6th over he had found his radar and ended with 3 wickets from his 11 overs. A great effort from the Chairman and he had earned his red face and inevitable post match beer.
Enderby were reduced to 60/6 at drinks and it seemed that we would wrap up their innings in time for an early tea and an early beer. However, a stubborn partnership between 2 decent opposition batters gradually began to frustrate and the spin of Dave Pounds and Lewis Scott could not even create a chance.
The skipper turned to Sam Pounds to tie up one end and recalled the Ginger One from the Pylon End.
The changes worked as Sam strangled the run rate and Harry cashed in with 4 more wickets to end with fantastic figures of 7/29 for his best return in senior cricket.
It was just reward for Harry who has bowled well at times this season but will be glad to get his first ‘fivefer’ and he celebrated in the time honoured fashion of buying his team mates a jug (with his dad’s money of course!).
Enderby ended their innings on 141 all out in the 43rd over and we took tea disappointed that they had recovered to that extent, but confident that we would bat better than their top order.
Within the hour, and at 15/3 the confidence looked foolish and the game was in the balance with big batting funds JP, Loz and Hardick getting ready for square leg duty.
Up stepped Harry Miller, short of runs and confidence, who strode to the middle and played like a dream from ball one and looking like the player we all know he can be. Whilst Harry was particularly savage on anything short, Lord Fauntleroy (Steve Parker) was stoic in defence and decisive in rotating the strike. The pair gradually rebuilt the innings and we got back in control of the game before Harry inexplicably got out trying to hit straight back over the bowlers head, before the rock like Parker also perished shortly afterwards.
Any chance that the hard work of Steve and Harry would go to waste were dispelled as Sam Pounds also played his best innings of the season and in partnership with dad Dave saw us over the line with 12 overs to spare.
A great 5 wicket and 25 point win was secured and it was a proper 4th team game with everyone having the opportunity to contribute with either bat or ball.
Our future remains in our own hands and we have all but assured our place in Division 5 for another season, a great achievement for a 4th team whose majority of opponents are first teams’.