Pilks' 6-fer Makes Up For Sloppy Run-Out
Fifth game of the season brought newly promoted Beacon to Orleton Park on an overcast and gloomy day in Wellington.
With a couple of changes to last week's team, Wellington were looking to continue their good start to the season. With the return of Alex Taylor and ‘Lesser Brother’ Ben Pilkington, Wellington fancied their chances of a victory. A vital toss was lost and the 3rds were asked to bat, a decision that looked good for Beacon just half an hour into the game as Wellington were reduced to 12/4 off just 6 overs. Richard 'Tug' Benting (6) was poorly adjudged LBW to a ball that would have gone to fine leg; and to add salt to the wound was smashed in the foot by the ball, making him unable to field! Mark 'Smasher' O'Connor (4), Matt 'Dicko' Dickenson (5) were both victims to slip catches and Matt Denver (0) to first ball LBW decision, another poor decision considering he middled the ball. This brought Martin 'Mouth' Delaney and Steve 'Krusty' Pitchford to the wicket in just the seventh over. The Beacon opening bowlers having bowled a fine line and length were ably assisted by a ball swinging and seaming around. Both batsman had to graft for their runs, picking off the bad balls and hitting boundaries when they could. A partnership of 82 runs in 18 overs helped the side to 94/4 before Pitchy (35) was bowled. Al Taylor bowed out first ball, also bowled. Mouth (44) followed a few overs later lobbing a catch to square leg, having smacked the previous ball over the fielder's head for six. Alex Harris (0) soon followed LBW. This bought to the wicket the Pilkington brothers, Dan and Ben. A gritty and determined partnership formed between the siblings, showing their close family ties, until the ‘Better Brother’ Dan ran out the ‘Lesser Brother’ Ben, resulting in expletives being thrown and Ben crying like a baby as he trudged off to changing rooms. The Better Brother was assisted by Owais Abdul for the remaining 6 overs forging an impressive partnership at the end and taking Wellington to 141/9 off their 40 overs with Dan (23*) and Owais (7*). Considering events that followed, this score would be more than enough.
Ben Pilkington having recovered from his earlier anger issues opened the bowling with Mouth. Fourteen overs later and they had won the match for Wellington, dismissing Beacon for 46. Ben taking 6/24 off 7 and Mouth 3/21 off 7.1, and a run out by the Pilkington brothers to end the game. Together with some excellent fielding and catching. The game also witnessed a first for many on-lookers, players, ex-players and spectators as well as stalwarts of the cricket club, Mark 'Smasher' O’Connor took a catch, yes you read it right, no mis-prints, he took a catch!
There was no answer to the bowling spells from Lesser Brother and Mouth which has continued their fine starts to the season and has also seen Pilks rise to the top of Division Two bowling table with 15 wickets in his first 4 games. Another highlight of the impressive display was Alex Taylor taking a simple and slow moving ball into his hands in the gully only to follow with two commando rolls, much to the amusement of players and watching spectators!
For a superb 25 points on the board, 2nd place in the league and a superb team performance that everyone should be proud of after the unfortunate start, well done guys.
Match report by Steve Pitchford