KCC 3rd X1 travelled to Wigston on Saturday looking to bounce back after last week’s defeat to table toppers Melton.
The team saw yet more changes as FK was being measured for skirts with former KCC legend Thomas Mitchell Driver and Shabban Khan was unavailable. Glass fingers Boucher hadn’t quite plucked up the courage to get back into the arena but Greeno was back to take the reins.
Wigston had clearly put in a lot of effort to give us a chance of a playing in the wet weather but despite all they had done there was still an area of significant puddling on the outfield. A quick change of wicket and imaginative placing of the boundary rope to avoid the puddles saw the game start on time with Greeno electing to bat to give KCC the chance for 30 points.
As ever with Jack and Greeno partnered together we got off to a relatively quick start despite the slowness of the wicket. Greeno pounced on anything short of a length and smashed his way to a quick 34 before taking on a third run he might have made if 5 years younger and half a stone lighter. Left sprawling in the mud and short of his ground KCC were 42 for 1 from 9 and had yet again a good platform on which to build. A lecture pre game had addressed everyone on concentrating when fielding but clearly this hadn’t extended to batting as 5 wickets fell for 20 runs with a mixture of poor shot selection and misjudgements as to the pace of the wicket. Rickesh showed some “though shall not pass” resistance but the deck didn’t suit his nimble hands and the score board ticked along at the pace of tectonic plate movement (geography degree)
When Rickesh fell for 16 the procession that followed him had a Noah’s ark feel to it and when the final wicket fell the scoreboard had coughed and wheezed its way to an under par 105. Sam Pounds deserves credit for some later order resistance and the clam like hanging on by Messo was also worthy of praise.
Despite the low score the deck had really churned up and the never say die attitude of The Richards always gave a chance of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Messo and Ollie opened up with the new ball and Messo found immediate success removing Steve Brooks for a short lived 4. Ollie bowled with great pace and accuracy to see his first 6 over spell contain 4 maidens and the wicket of Darren Hearne. At 42 for 2 in the 15th Wigston were actually behind KCC and when Harrison removed Dunkley for 13 KCC looked to be tipping the odds well in their favour. A measured partnership between Savjani and Chavda gave Wigston back some control and with the final over before drinks going for 10 Wigston were in charge. Savjani then decided he wanted to get the game over with quickly and went for one shot too many against the ever increasing pace of Norton. With 20 runs to get Lodge came back into the attack and thanks to a stunning catch by Hardick the game was still poised as danger man Newnham went for 4. 15 runs needed and 4 wickets in hand the crowd called for something special and Greeno decided that he wanted in on the excitement. A double wicket maiden saw the game yet again swing back and when Greeno claimed another caught and bowled 10 runs were needed with only one wicket in hand. Rotating bowlers from the far end saw 6 runs scored in byes and with just 4 runs to play with Messo stood tall as the man to make the difference. Sadly Ben Ashton had other ideas and a rare bad ball from Messo saw a pull down to fine leg for the winning runs.
Despite the frustration of defeat the excellent spells of bowling from Ollie 10.6.15.2 and Harrison 10.2.14.3 shows the KCC production line in full working order. Batting know how, innings management and lack of adaptability cost us the game as 140 would have been a good score. Many thanks to Wigston for all the efforts they made getting a wicket out at all and for playing the game in such excellent spirits.