Pat Puts Corvedale To The Sword
For the second consecutive week the third team had comprehensive victory away at Corvedale on a hot and sunny Saturday afternoon.
The afternoon started amusingly having rocked up at the ground and listening to Corvedale umpire shouting/swearing at two Corvedale lads sorting out the boundary ropes, unlucky ‘Disco’!! In all honestly they were attempting to move the boundary ropes from off the 30 yard markers and managed to get them 35 yards one side and 45 yards the other with straight boundaries reaching 40 yards, cheers ump!
Pitchy surprisingly won his second toss in two weeks and chose to bowl. With a new look new ball opening bowling attack of Rachael Howells & Alex Harris. On a small ground there were only ever going to be singles or boundaries with exception of odd two’s. Openers bowled consistently and beat the outside edge on number of occasions, Rachael could have had wicket first ball of game, had slip fielder veteran Duncan Taylor stopped wiping sun cream into arms!! Runs were coming at a fast pace but Rachael did take the first wicket thanks to fine catch in the covers from brother Pat. Two openers were replaced by young Sam Topper and spin king Owais Abdul. Sam bowling is usual and dependable wicket to wicket deliveries which eventually paid off as he cleaned bowled the opening batsman middle stump. Corvedale’s batsman then formed partnership continually hitting the boundaries and after 20 overs were 135/2 and looking like hitting 300+. Things then changed as Sam clean bowled another batsman in identical fashion to his first wicket and finished with very credible 2-34 off 6. Owais then had the Corvedale skipper caught on square leg boundary by Alex Harris and then started taking regular wickets, finishing with 4-48 off 13 overs. He would have had five wicket haul had Alex ’comedy value’ Taylor not dropped an ABSOLUTE DOLLY at mid-wicket & this must be highlighted that it was an dolly that his little nephew would have taken. Dave Ross replaced Sam and bowled extremely well and was rewarded with 3-24 off 7.3 overs. Corvedale were bowled out for 186 off 40.2 overs thanks to excellent fightback by fielders and bowlers together.
Opening batsman Owais had new partner in Pat Howells and what was too follow was superb entertainment. Both players playing some fine shots mixed with attacking intent and odd pieces of luck. At one stage Pat thought he was Tug Benting and tried smashing every single ball out of the park, thankfully quiet word by Veteran Duncs calmed him down at drinks. Pat took just 35 balls to hit his half century and then took another 12 balls to reach a magnificent and deserved hundred hitting 10 x 4s and 8 x 6s and took one poor bowler for 37 runs of his only over (9 ball over), a truly superb innings and confidence booster. Owais reached his half century and again played an excellent innings, considering start of season was number 11 (skipper nightmare). They put on 174 for the first wicket until Pat was caught for 102 off just 51 balls. Owais soon followed for 55 off 80 balls leaving Tom Masters 12* and Al Taylor without facing (averages) and taking Wellington just 20 overs to go past the score 190/2.
Tom Masters continued playing a few more shots with young Rachael Howells whilst watching the game, I think further up-dates to follow!!!!!!!!
All the Howells tried getting look in as Nigel (sporting Red Lions Rigby top) watching his favourite child Pat smacking the ball forgot that he was in a field of cows, only to turn around and find a massive bull making his way towards him, run Nigel run!!!
Day must go to Park Ji-Sung for his superb 102 and special mention to Owais for his 55 and 4 wickets, well done guys n gals.
Up next home again against lowly Iscoyd/Fenns Bank and opportunity to further close the gap on 2nd placed Market Drayton.
Match report by Steve Pitchford