It's the first game of the year at Fortress Thorton and things aren't looking good as we arrive at the ground to find a school game still in progress ! Despite us booking our games well in advance it seems they still can't "read ore rite". Luckily though there was something of a batting collapse in the game and we were able to get on the wicket before too long. Given that we'd lost a little time the captains therefore decided to play an Eighteen18 game (rather than the regulation Twenty20).
And the omens were good as Dave wins his second toss on the trot and we decide to bat first. But a poor display sees us post a dissapointing total and we give Warbreck every opportunity to take the points. However it was not to be as an inspired bit of bowling by the Jollys sees us emerge victorious to make it two out of two !
The only downside to the day was my failure to bring the trusty digicam. Luckily Dave had his in the car so we did manage to get a few shots but there wasn't much space left on the memory card and we ran out after about 40 shots. As you'd expect most of these were absolute rubbish too :)
|What's this ? is this the Jollys extreme youth policy in action ? No it's actually the school teams taking up our pre booked time slot ! Harrumpph !!!
Dave, Powelly and a passing Warbreckian start wondering how long it will take to round up the little blighters and where we could go to release them back into the wilds ?
Then again they're all young and healthy so they'd not only be able to run away they'd probably rough us up a bit if we tried any "funny business". We're just going to have to wait...
And heeeeeere's Baz ! Bicycling in late as usual. Still it's always good to see a gentleman on a bicycle. As H.G. Wells once said: "Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the human race".
Too true sir, too true !
Tension is steadily mounting on the sidelines. The wickets are starting to fall (for once they aren't the Jollys wickets -ed.) and we're worrying whether we'll actually get on in time.
Hooray for the "Randalls" Ogs' unorthodox cricket err... boots ? shoes ? making yet another appearance for the Jollys.
At last ! The game get's underway with the Warbreck players taking to the field with a spot of formation "hands in trousers" dancing.
Due to our new rotating batsmen policy (i.e. no-one wants to open - ed.) this weeks lucky openers are Bubs and Powelly.
Well sadly there was only space for a couple more shots before the camera bleeped out its dreaded "memory card full" warning
|Midge Report: Bzzzt. Well we knew they were about but it was a bit too cold to do much flying. Bzzt. Still the ladies are all raring to go so we'll probably be back in force by the start of June. Bzzt. Anyway must go I've found a nice leaf to cling under. Bzzt. Bzzzt.