If the famous subzero temperature Super Bowl between Green Bay and Dallas Cowboys all those years ago was called the ‘ice bowl’ then our season friendly against Crowborough could easily be dubbed the ‘ice breaker’. And so it was that with especially chilly temperatures outside we stepped into bat for the first time in 2019.
On account of the fact this was a friendly fixture, we decided to mix up a bit the batting order – our usual opening bowlers Ned and Avi therefore opened the batting, against a Crowborough side hungry to start their season on a high.
Avi was first victim from their skippers accurate bowling, who then took out Kevan’s leg stump a ball later, leaving Kristian to come in at number four to face his first delivery as a potential hat trick ball.
We needn’t have worried- he dug in like an old pro, stabled the ship, and pushed on to score an excellent and valuable half century. Both Ned and Nabil played some lovely fluid shots at the crease and Nabil, in particular, was unlucky to get out to a wicked delivery that claimed his off stump.
It was then time for Ash to enter the fray in his normal shot-making number six position ; hitting a few boundaries although, seemingly not happy with his equipment, (he changed bats more times that a golfer changes clubs in a round) before being bowled out. I then stepped in at number 7 – plugging along to be unbeaten at the crease by the time the 40 overs were up. In the meantime we saw a terrific knock from debutant Alec who played with calm and precision .
So by tea Crowborough were needing to get north of 210 to win.
I passed the new ball to the youngest player in the pitch, Rhys, who was given the task of trying to bowl out a pair of batsmen 3 times his age – he took to the task like a duck to water, bowling with accuracy and consistency, and taking his first wicket with just his second ball for the 4s. At the other end, Ella, proved more than capable or making the transition into men’s cricket and once she figured the yardage bowled some terrific balls during her spell.
Crowboroughs heavy hitting number 5 batsman started cracking the ball which encouraged me to bring on our more experienced opening quicks – Ned and Avi – for a spell to try and dampen down their attack, which they did with aplomb. In fact as soon as he was out it looked increasingly unlikely that the opposition were going to get toward 200.
Alec and Nathan then came into the attack and both lads bowled really well – Alec using pace and Nathan flighting some terrific leg spinners to pen the opposition back and we skittled them out for 151, with an over or 2 to spare. All in all a nice start to season and a great fun match, despite the chilly conditions.
Looking forward to next week – and the season proper – against tougher opposition in a higher league, we know we are going to have to really dig deep in all areas to ensure we have another successful season.
Player of the day – Alec : really consistent in all areas, batted and bowled well and gave 110% in the field, excellent debut
Notable mentions : the Hunt family – Rhys for excellent bowling and Kristian with the bat
K Hunt 80
S Cannell 41 not out
R Hunt 3/31 off 5 overs
A Ashok 2/9 off 6 overs