'O we don't beat the teams at the seaside, we don't get results at the sea.....'
May. 26, 2012
Barney travelled to Sheringham on the back of a good result against Swanton Morley the week before. Confidence was high in the camp with Jake Pearce and Ritchie Warren coming back into the team. With a cloudy sky and playing next to the seaside it was a cold day for all involved.
Barney won the toss, which James isn't usually too good at and elected to bat hoping to build a healthy score which would put them on top. Hoping to get the score going Jacob and Aaron strode out with the intent of getting their eye in early on. With good opening bowlers and the home team on a high after a convincing win the week before against Fakenham it was the opposition who made early inroads. Aaron departed early on with a lazy shot and Jacob followed not long after to leave Barney in a bit of trouble at 11-2. Liam Channell didn't stick around for long either and also trudged back to the pavilion with his head down for making a duck. Things were getting a bit desperate for Barney and a partnership was needed from somewhere, but who was going to step up to the mark?
Jake and Clive who have been in good early season form steadied the ship and both looked very composed alongside each other. Clive looked solid in bat and Jake played the shot of the day with a textbook cover drive. With overs passing and both having their eye in they started to play a few more attacking shots, however this was Jake's downfall as he became the next victim making a well deserved 17. From being 56-3 Barney made a disastrous collapse which would leave them 59-9. It was like a comedy show in the changing room with batsmen racing to put their gear on before they would eventually..... be taking it off again. Beanie then walked out to the middle to meet Liam Riseborough with the intent of having some fun. A few overs had passed and they looked fairly comfortable with Liam in particular looking like he could bat all day. It was a good pair to have out there from Liam keeping his wicket intact and Beanie trying to add some runs to the scoreboard. They huffed and they puffed and they scurried between the wicket to push the score up to a low but respectable 82 all out.
Barney then took to the field hoping to take early wickets to set up a game but the openers for Sheringham looked in great form and it was going to take some bowling to remove these two. Once again it was a good duo at the crease with one batsmen being the supportive one whilst the other played some excruciating shots which were racing to every part of the ground. It was no surprise that Sheringham put 41 on the scoreboard before they lost their first wicket. Beanie bowled an average bowl which was hit in the air and Ritchie somehow stuck his hands up to catch the ball only feet away from the bat. That has to be up there with one of the best catches not only he will make, but what most of the team will make in their career. This did not dent Sheringham’s confidence though, as they looked like they had batsmen all down the order as the next man in knocked the bowl around at ease.
With things not going right for James and Beanie it was time for a bowling change. Liam Riseborough and Will were bought into the attack with some work to do. Both bowled economically and looked dangerous. It was Liam who took the next wicket with a tremendous delivery which clean bowled the batsmen. He deserved that for some skilful bowling for such a young lad. Sheringham then hit the winning runs not long after with a much deserved win for being the better team.
Lenny Drummie got the man of the match for being a great friend by putting people before himself. He dropped out of the team allowing Beanie to play in his place and will never be forgotten by anyone. If someone deserves a score in the next game it is him, so good luck Lenny! With their first loss of the league season Barney will be hoping to get back on winning ways against North Elmham in their next game, so I hope to see as many of you as possible there to give support to the team!