With much of the club headed off in search of national cup glory Captain Scott spent Fathers Day with his family at KCC ensuring local bragging rights remained ours by beating Great Glen. The Sunday side featured four Scott’s, although three more were seen patrolling the boundary (Editors note; should that say bar?). Our heroic leader saw stiff familial competition from GG who fielded a team including a Grandfather playing his last game of cricket in the same side as his son, and grandson, who was making his debut.
Secretary John put on his whites, as did under 13 Jake as he celebrated a debut in the giddy world of mens cricket.
Candidly your correspondent has no idea who won the toss, although it may well have been GG as their captain was keen to watch the Grand Prix and they batted. Thus GG went into bat and their openers amassed a century stand as the KCC open bowlers found ways to bowl freely (Editors note: should that say down the leg side, and quite wide?). Spin King Lewis Scott then drew chance after chance, but was not helped by some fielding that PJ would have not found to be acceptable( Editors note: should that say that lots of catches were dropped?). Wicketkeeper Mark showed considerable talent as he dived left and right to get a hand, foot, leg, anything, on bowling that must have been swinging a lot!
As GG disappeared over the horizon Captain Scott turned to experience. Harris and Cole senior were called upon to try novel tactics (editors note: should that say bowling straight?). This resulted in virtual lock down with the ball not leaving the square. The stranglehold was broken by GG’s skipper who had the temerity to slog Cole snr for 6; to that point he had conceded but 14 runs in six overs. Cole responded by bowling him next ball, his first wicket in a competitive match for a quarter of a century. Amid wild scenes Dale Scott then also bowled someone, before Cole snr took his first catch for 25 years, and Josh Moore came on to take a cheeky 3/12. That included a wicket with his very first ball!
Tea was taken quickly, with half an eye on the gathering gloom, and not so distant reports of rain. (editors note: does that mean the youngsters hurried the oldies along?) KCC sent in Seth Brown and Josh Moore to open the innings. Chasing 193 they amassed a century stand without giving a chance. To be candid it was magnificent, although they bickered like a married couple throughout, and their calling for runs may have vexed coach PJ a tad. Seth finished off another 50 before holing out to a far distant GG fielder, who by then was enjoying the light drizzle. (Editors note: is this irony?) Dale and Harris kept the score ticking along but it was Josh who ensured that the approaching downpour was beaten to the finish. Joined at the last by Jake young Josh smashed another 4 to seal the game. He finished on an unbeaten 88, with KCC ending on 196 for 3 with 4 overs to go.
Considerable teamwork was then shown in putting on the covers as the long threatened rain arrived with some force.
This was a cracking game, played in great spirit between teams who had players from three generations. Happy Fathers Day Captain Scott!