Match report: Middleton vs Worthing Chips away- 26th July 2016.
Different setting and different team. Returns for Will,Dill,Fred and Mackenzie. Murray wins the toss and with sun on our backs we opt to bat first. A bold opening pair of Sam Patterson and Harry leaver. First over taken for Chips by Ash, a western warriors opener. Harry faced, thumped him for four and then a straight six over mid on. Sam and Harry looked really good. First wicket fell after 8 overs but by then we had reached 60 runs. Well batted Harry for 39.
Murray joins the crease. Sam P still looks ‘correct’ in his stance, just what you want of an opener. Another 8 overs of steady scoring until the next wicket fell. An unfortunate run out of Sam P for 11 as they pushed for that extra run. Dill joins the fray but in the words of our very own sledgers there was ‘duck on the menu’ and failed to score.
Kate joined Murray amidst the action and proved a stubborn resistance for the Chips bowling attack. Together with Murray they kept the run rate ticking along and frustrated the bowlers. Special mention here for today’s captain,Murray. Late cuts, controlled pushes for singles and seven boundaries. I was scoring at the time and the boys couldn’t contain their excitement as he reached the 40’s. We all cheered him for his first half century,very well played. We retired both Kate and Murray on 54 and 9 respectively,again choosing to give all players a real chance.
Rocco and Will were in, Rocco was quickly out as he pushed for a quick two, unlucky. Ben joined us briefly but enjoyed the same takeaway food as Dill. Sam green restored some pride with a quick 14. Mackenzie and Will were our not out batsmen as we used all of our 37 runs. We set a target of 182 runs and 33 overs to get them.
An enjoyable al fresco tea enjoyed by all. The occasional food fight amongst the boys (they thought I wasn’t looking!) but all done in the best possible taste. Back out in the sun.
First over to possibly our smallest player, Will Fountain. What he lacks in height he makes up for in energy and skill. 4 overs, 0 for 14 in this company is top drawer. Harry made the breakthrough from the other end, over two and a fine catch by Dill at an improvised deep third slip position, it worked. Stubborn batting from D.Rozario who went on to score a fine 67. It was a further 11 overs before the next wicket and the boys lost a little focus. Some fielding errors crept in and we slipped some easier chances to stop singles and even boundaries. Dill had made the difference for us, a wicket maiden in his second over and another wicket in his third! We tried different combinations for the next 10 overs but couldn’t shift these two. It took a piece of blinding fielding from, in my opinion, the best throwing arm in the field, Ben Mackley. A thunderbolt of a throw running out the batsman and finally the boys seemed to feel that they maybe had a chance.I was so pleased that it was Mackenzie who had been bowling this one. He wasn’t the obvious choice for that over but he stepped up and dropped the ball on the money,surprising but effective. Even better was to follow as Fred Ashbury, bowling in a tense atmosphere, clean bowled Ash Khan, a western warrior! Game on…..
Over 28 of 33. 167 on the board and just 14 runs needed for a Chips win but only 5 overs to get them. The field drew in, the nerves jangled and suddenly those slightly wasted 20-25 runs in the field looked oh too precious. But the boys were up for it. Over 29, only 1 run scored. Over 30, 10 runs scored but we still felt we could win it. Over 31, WICKET! Sam green strikes. Next batsman in looks so nervous he couldn’t hold a conversation, let alone a bat. A thump through the covers was enough, and Chips win.
Great,great tension at the end boys. Well done for staying with it. On another day you may remember those lost few overs in the field and keep things just a little tighter.
Great game played with great spirit. Chips win.
Amberley next on a neutral pitch with West Chiltington. Pack an umbrella!