Today didn’t go the way of the 4th Grade from the start of the day. With rain soaking the pitch overnight, and more threatening, both captains were looking to bowl. Unfortunately, after a delayed start, we lost the toss (with more rain sprinkling). Jack Konnis and young Campbell Watts battled through the most challenging period, dealing with slow tennis ball bounce off a good length. Once our opening partnership was broken, steady wickets fell as batters struggled in the conditions. At 4/50-odd at tea, we hoped the worst of the conditions were past, and Oliver Harms came out swinging afterwards reaching 21. Fred McClure offered some resistance at the end, before branching out chasing more runs on his way to around 20. We were eventually bowled out just past 100, giving us 7 overs at them to finish.
We went out hoping for more of the same from the pitch, but the sun had dried the pitch out and their batters were able to take advantage of the attacking fields set, reaching 50 no wickets down.
For a young team (the oldest being just 20), the conditions proved too tough to adjust to, with many wickets falling to catches in front of the wicket. We still have runs in the bank to come out and defend next week, albeit not as many as we would like, and a possible outright result could be set up.
Trying to take 10/50 to win the game was always going to be a challenge, but the flat hard wicket we were presented with was not the minefield we were dreaming of. Unfortunately we were also forced to play with an older ball as our new ball was sent into the pond early in the day. Our openers bowled well, restricting the scoring and finally getting our first breakthrough when Jack Konnis tried to swallow a catch at gully. TTG never looked like they intended to bat themselves into a position for an outright, which was disappointing as it made for a pretty boring day in the field. They slowly approached our score until just before the tea break, passing us three down. Fred took three quick wickets around the tea break, including a sharp caught and bowled that will leave a reminder on Fred’s chest, and when Dylan Silvy dismissed their opener for 70-something the game was called.
On any other day, taking 5/100 in a day’s play would have put us in a good position, however this time around we didn’t have enough runs on the board. If both teams had been faced with the same conditions, then maybe it would have been a different story but, as they say, that’s cricket.