What a weekend of Cricket at the RTMG.
Friday night started thundery with “un petite” shower but then the sun came out and all could enjoy junior coaching and a bottle or two of fizz.
On Saturday both teams were playing Knypersley. At home the fosts won the toss and chose to bat. Opening with Tom “the six” Hibbo and “Connor” Thomas helped Eccy race to 71 before Mr. Thomas fell for an exciting 46. No doubt he will be at yet another stag night this weekend. The top 6 batsman all scored more than 20 with Fida (66) and Matt (46) being the stand out performers. No sixes were hit in a score of 236-8 off 55 overs.
In reply Cam started well dismissing both openers cheaply before Washington and Asif (65 off 30 balls) showed resistance. Eccleshall looked certain of two consecutive wins but Paul Goodwin showed his experience guiding his team home to a boring draw. Eccleshall took 16 points instead of 25.
At Knypersley, the 2s won the toss and elected to bowl (not wides again). Bitters Major ripped through the top 5 batsmen to take 5-28 and become the league’s leading wicket taker with 28. It was batter no 6 who proved the problem with a score of 103 no. Knype finished on 204-8. No doubt catching and fielding practice will be top of the list on Thursday.
In reply Tom Boulton (71) and young centurion, Callum Mukerji( 43) took the score to 124 before Cal fell jug ducking. In came an older centurion who got one tenth of last week’s score. Everyone reached double figures as Jako, Dalo, Howlo etc took Eccy’s score to 208-6 to take the mighty 2s into 3rd place in Div 4.
On Sunday, the day dawned without a cloud in the sky and 25 degrees and that’s the way it stayed until 9pm. Over 300 people (a record?) saw Stafford, Leek and Eccy do battle in the league T20. All 3 sides played well with Stafford losing narrowly to Leek, Ecclehall with a narrow win against Stafford and Leek beating Eccy by just 1 run. The Sentinel version of Eccleshall being skittled out (when we weren’t) for 117 is simply not true and as Herr Otto says is just the Stokey version of what happens in Mid Staffs. So many people worked hard to make the day a huge success. Thank you.
In these days of change and uncertainty, Herr Otto von Baywatch has taken to wearing Espadrillo and a kiss me quick hat to reflect the warm weather we are experiencing. The walk around the boundary has yielded Simon’s book club, Copey’s lost hours while skiing and discussions and La Giro D’Italia, something I thought I would never discuss!
Finally to the man who made Sunday possible. A huge thank you to Ian "Bert" Horton. Without his hard work during the week laying land drain and digging a new soak away, the club could have had an embarrassing problem on Sunday. Thank you, Bert. Viva Las Vegas!!!
The picture shows Tom hitting a six through both panes of a toughened glass window!!!!!!
Updated 11:58 - 6 Jun 2018 by Chris Marshall