Boughton CC (22/05/2019) (25 overs)
Result: Weekends LOST by 6 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
WEEKENDERS SET IMPOSING TARGET AT LOBSTER SHACK BUT NOT ENOUGH AT MOUNT EPHRAIM
WCC 145 for 4 (25 overs)
Hargroves 0, Brockis 54, Cooper 68, Hogben 3 not out, Hawkins 2,
DNB - Lee, Twigg, Orwell, Burke, d’Inverno
Curling 2-39, Hargroves 2-32
Boughton 146-4 (23.2 overs)
Clayson 32 ret., Holmes 30 ret., Gavin 31 ret.,
Orwell 5-2-11-2, Douglas 4.2–0-21-0, Burke 5–0-34-1, Hawkins 4–0-35-0, Cooper 5-0–38-1,
Man of the Match: Mark Cooper
Accusations of corruption rarely surface at the Weekenders CC. But a start time of 2pm for a late September fixture might raise suspicions that the cricket match is playing second fiddle to the seafood banquet at the Lobster Shack. After Hargroves and Hawkins gorged on more winkles and cockles than you can shake a crab stick at, we arrived unbelievably early at the convex crucible of dreams. With the threat of rain in the air, Skipper d’Inverno won the toss and asked to bat.
Hargroves and Brockis had first look at the typically sporty surface and by the sixth ball, the merry Doctor had gloved a riser to the keeper, curtailing his batting high-jinx for the day.
Cooper and Brockis then began a watchful partnership in conditions that offered variable bounce and seam movement, but little swing. The partnership would last twenty overs and be worth 126 runs, with Brockis taking few risks, while still advancing the scoreboard with singles. He eventually departed for 54 including six fours and a six; with Cooper following suit two overs later for 68, after ten fours and one monster six. Hogben and Hawkins were the two new batters with just one over of the allotted 25 to try to push the score beyond 150. They managed five to make 145, with Hawkins run out from the final ball, leaving Lee and Twigg all padded up, with nowhere to go.
Mutterings from the pavillon suggested 150 was the minimum total and 160 a preferable target for Boughton’s 25 overs. But history and the quirky pitch suggested 145 might be enough.
After a delicious tea (the yakatori-chicken-flavoured crisps were an exotic highpoint), the ‘Enders took the field. There were two quick wickets as the Dukes ball swung and seamed in the first ten overs. But Clayson and Holmes dug in and launched a surprising counter-attack against Hawkins and the formidable seam-up of debutant, Dan Burke.
Dan’s day had not started well at the Lobster Shack. TWICE the wind blew pint-pots of lager dregs onto his black jeans, which were already so skinny, they would cause medical emergencies if worn by most of his team-mates.
Dan’s pacy length deliveries were rough-housed by Curly and Holmes as they bravely swung through the line, recovering from 19/2 to 81/2 in six overs.
Burke atoned as he held onto a steepling caught & bowled from a leading edge, to take a third wicket. The first of many, no doubt. Clayson, Holmes and Gavin all sportingly retired after 30. With five overs left, Boughton needed 15 to win. Cooper joined the party with an LBW dismissal as Boughton teetered towards victory, but eight runs later, Captain Crick scored the winning runs to give his side their first victory over the Weekenders in five years.
Black, Teal & Mauve is soooo 2019. Roll on 2020!