Hendy and Walker see the Seconds home despite a gallant effort from Dixon
ue to the current postponement of the cricket season the Seconds and Thirds took to action on a kitchen table in North Devon. The popping dice of a Frustration board game was utilised for scoring and bowling purposes and a hastily set of rules were cobbled together based on the traditional Owzthat game.
Teams were selected and Colin promptly won the toss for the Seconds and the Thirds were inserted onto a slightly “sticky with jam” surface. Matt Cox opened the bowling and as the dice “popped” it revealed that Rich Guy had smacked him for a boundary first ball!
Basic batting rules of 1 run for a 1, 2 for a 2 and so on with popping a 5 being out and then moving onto a second dice to decide the method of dismissal OR if you were lucky and popped a six you were then deemed not out on review! More of that later.
Rich started at a canter, 4,4,6,1 but then fell playing across the line to Charlie Chivers first delivery for 15. Gary Hodder played his usual ugly cavalier innings, (3 balls) 6,4, out. Princess George struggled to get the strike and fell meekly for 6 stumped Sinkins bowled Cox. Will Christie and skipper Jim Creed fell cheaply and the 3rds were in a familiar spot of bother but Andy "Ernie" Elliott and all-rounder Mark Dixon repaired the damage. Dicko survived being out by getting a review whilst in the 40s and Els made a decent 26. The lower order helped Dicko to move the score onto a competitive 155 with 6-year-old débutante Lonan Hodder showing his father how it is done, scoring 10.
Charlie "Orange Shredder" Chivers starred with the ball, taking 4 for 44 in his allotted 3 overs, there were also 2 wickets apiece for Lamb and Cox, with Matt Watson and Rob Iles sharing the other 2, although Ilos figures were typically expensive to say the least.
Following a 10-minute coffee and Nice (or nice) biscuit break the Seconds were batting, Lonan needed to perform his magic with the poppermatic if the Thirds were going to win this! .
Boom!! the first delivery of the innings from Dicko just had enough pace to dislodge the bail of Dan Watsons off stump and he was gone, 0 for 1 and game on. Russell Lodge came in at number 3 but soon departed for 3; stumped Woodman off the slow not spin of Dixon and when Matt Watson departed “slashing like Gower” at a wide one from Elliott it was 15 for 3.
The opening bowlers are allowed 3 overs each, first change 2 each and second change 1 each.
Glenn Perry entered the arena and set about repairing the carnage and when he went bowled by Els for 26 the match was back in the balance with the Seconds on 57 for 4. Now the turning point, Hendy and Hamish Walker at the crease, Hendy starts like a train, single, six, six but then pops a 5, OUT yells Lonan and onto the 2nd dice we go but a 6 is popped and he survives on review !!
This pair smashed the total up to 106 before Hendy finally got stumped off of Ernie Els for an entertaining 43.
The Thirds were in big trouble now and Jim turned to the experienced and wily duo of Tanner and Hodder (snr) to attempt to turn the tide but Sinkins and Walker took a liking to Graham's half trackers and the score moved onto 130 in the next 3 overs. A glimmer of hope when Hodder got Sinkins caught on 21 and then bowled Rob Iles twice in 2 balls (first one reviewed) !!!! In typical Ilo fashion, this resulted in the bat being launched, last seen in Biddestone and still rising, whilst Ilo was punching daisies on the Broadleys outfield.
However, this brought Tom Lamb to the crease still banging on about his century against Warminsters 3rdXI buffet bowling last season and he and Hamish helped themselves to 21 runs off of Graham's next over and the job was done.
157 for 7 in 9.1 overs.
Pick of the bowlers was Andy Elliott with 3 for 52 off his 3 overs and Tim Woodman claimed 4 victims behind the stumps.
Tomorrow the Thirds host Allington in the first Dice league game of the season.