Thurnscoe Institute vs Nostell St Oswalds 27th June 2009 Match Gallery
Nostell got back to winning ways after a double loss the previous weekend on our first ever visit to Thurnscoe Institute (god bless Sat Nav). After a relaxed warmup, Wanna’s new bat was officially declared knocked in and ready for use and we were to field on another hot afternoon – should someone else take the toss next weekend skip?
While Uncle Ken settled into some good areas first up, Lee became bitten by the Nostell wide bug and was replaced after 6 overs by the Young Captain with both Thurnscoe openers back in the pavilion. Simmons and Liam Harper steadied the ship and put on a hundred partnership with a competitive score back on offer as we went quiet on each other in the middle overs. Credit to the bowlers who stuck at the task, once the partnership was broken wickets fell regularly with Lee coming back well to finish with 6 (not good enough to get a mention on the league site) and Our Dale with a couple before falling to the Nostell injury curse. Thurnscoe were restricted to 170 all out and we tucked in to a nice tea in the shade.
Usual openers Richie and Wanna set about the wayward bowling attack straight away, Richie launching a massive six into the 3rd set of allotments adjacent to the ground – “How far do they go back??”. Both bats looked in good touch, Richie in particular harsh on anything loose whilst racing to 89 with some lovely strokes before attempting one too many bigs shots to be bowled. Well played big fella! I walked out, 127-1 after not many overs, blocked a couple before getting in the groove and timing a few to the short leg side boundary. Wanna also wasn’t hanging around, treating the new blade to it’s first straight six as we chased the target down with more than 20 overs to spare.
Mentions this week to Mal (will he ever go for a catch?), Ken Atkinson (a miserly 16 conceded from 14 overs), Dave Tarbitt (ever present on the sidelines), the working electronic scoreboard (impressive) and Michael Jackson (feeding Ken’s text joke machine). With the first half of the season over, we sit top of Division 3 and welcome Ryhill to Garmil Lane next weekend.