Friday, 24 May 2019
1st XI cricket v Dean Close (H)
1st XI cricket v Dean Close (H) Lost by 5 wickets
Abberley 107 Dean Close 109-5 (Ed P 3-8)
Despite a super performance in the field, Abberley were comfortably beaten because one of the opposition played the sort of innings none of our batsmen have managed thus far: a longer one. Patience, they say, is a virtue, and one which the Dean Close No4 demonstrated very successfully.
For the third match out of three, extras was our top scorer. Almost all of our batsmen fell to attacking shots which went wrong, failing to appreciate that our pitch is one upon which attacking flourishes bring risks into play, risks that can be reduced but only by being at the wicket. The idea of valuing one’s wicket, of not giving it to the opposition but of accumulating runs to begin with, before blossoming like an azalea at Chelsea seems just an oft-repeated plea that is forgotten in the heat of battle. Until it is remembered and acted upon, we will continue to put our bowlers under lots of pressure, as was the case in this match.
The team’s response to only having made 107 was excellent. Harry and Ed opened the bowling with skill and enthusiasm. They were backed up by Algy and Ed P who both bowled tight spells of off-spin, by an impressive display of wicket–keeping from Miles and by a pretty sharp performance in the field from everyone. However, we were up against a lad who recognised that our strongest bowlers could only bowl so many overs, so he would wait for the other bowlers and pounce on them, which he did cleverly.