WOODBOURNE 151 for 5
TEMPLE GRAFTON 123 all out
WOODBOURNE WIN BY 28 RUNS
Temple Grafton slumped to an opening day league defeat, failing to chase down a target of 152 in a low scoring affair at a damp Woodbourne.
Given the weather through the week, we were all very grateful to the team at Woodbourne for their efforts in getting the game on; and after a winter netting on nice fast, bouncy indoor surfaces a slow and low deck was probably the last thing anyone fancied playing on come the beginning of May. New signing and 100th Grafton League cap, Andrew Thorpe took the gloves and with no further new faces there was a familiar feel to the visitor’s side. The return of Mark Russell after his two year exile in Staffordshire adding to that familiarity.
Killian won the toss and opted to have a bowl on a baking hot afternoon. Pedley struggled to find the wicket initially and then his line; whilst Howard Benjamin at the other end was his miserly best. Woodbourne skipper Lewis doughty in defence and Steve ‘Roonz’ Rooney opting to play within his V with limited success. Lewis was bowled by Howard for 7 before Rooney began to open his shoulders, choosing Howard’s final over to decide he’d seen enough and to dispatch him over the sightscreen.
In truth nothing ov note really happened in the Woodbourne innings; Rooney was last man out for 78. Nothing cut or glanced earned any runs and the long outfield turned several boundaries into scampered twos. Woodbourne 151 for 5 off their 45 overs.
Killian’s intent was clear from the start. Get it over with quickly. Determined to hit clean and through everything he was dismissed for 16 by Rooney. At the other end Kirky was coming to terms with wearing pads and holding a cricket bat. Dave Jarrett, the man for the dour run chase played his part excellently. Rotating the strike and picking off the runs available. Kirk went lbw to Saundry and Johnston came to the crease to form a Proteas-lite partnership. Openers seen off, Johnners saw three balls of first change Mick Seal before trying the oft-problematic hook shoot to a half tracker which never got above stump height. Not the most aesthetic dismissal we’ll see this season. Harvey and DJ carried on the slow plod of ticking the runs off before DJ smashed a full toss to square leg. Questions over height but neither umpire saw any problems on this front. From here the rate was rising, but Badger and new man Thorpe were batting sensibly and looking in control. 90 for 4 with 20 overs remaining. Then Grafton happened.
WICKET : Badger – athletically caught at short extra cover. “I never get dropped. Tom gets dropped three times a game.” – cue excessive sighing for the next hour
WICKET : Thorpe – played back to one and lost his off stump mere microseconds after DJ had commented as to how good he was looking
WICKET : Phil Byrne – yorked all ends up first ball
Three wickets in four balls and the pendulum had swung. Russell and Quiney kept going, but it took some ultimately futile last ditch swooshing from Pedley at number 10 to get Grafton to their final total of 123 a/o with 3 overs remaining. Seal claimed 5-25 and the now legendary TGCC collapse had done for the men of the Shire.