As a Captain, I feel physically shattered. We got beat. Hamstring pull during my first over. Elbow ligaments damaged whilst fielding. But spiritually, I’m on an emotional high. A team score of 197 for 8. The Pears showing great team spirit in tough bowling conditions. We supported an 18yr old in getting a top score of 71. We gave a 13yr old his first ever 50, and we gave a 9yr old a bowling and batting experience that he and his Dad will remember for the rest of their lives. Plus we only lost by 16 runs to a team that fielded a pro batsman who scored 115, and the son of Graham Thorpe ( Henry) who scored 58.
So every reason to be happy…….despite the references to the Pears Captain athletic fielding being more reminiscent of a heavy roller.. (Tipping – I have you marked for my end of season obituary speech!)
Our bowling performance was truly examined, with only 3wkts being taken, but it hid some excellent individual performances.
Comment must firstly go to Tony Mitchell whose athletic keeping meant we zeroed on byes, and our bowlers conceded no wides. Not many innings are that well contained.
Lippy topped the bowling figures with 4 overs 2 wkts for 8, with the only other wkt falling to Will Roush, who bowled 6 tight overs 1wkt for 24. Ollie George (debutant extraordinaire) managed 3 accurate overs for only 12 runs, with his first over being the only maiden of the entire innings! Ollie G is a nine year old who has never played hard ball cricket, and was playing with an adult ball, over a full 22yds! Ollie finished with 3 overs for 12. A future Pears star has been born..
Other bowling figs were less comment worthy, but for the record:
Will Read – 5overs, 57runs
Roush Snr – 3/12
Vaughan – 4/26
Ollie R – 5/24
Tom R – 3/17
Jonathan – 2/28
On the batting side, we got off to a really tough start with some fast accurate bowling from Oxshott. Steve T – coming off an unbeaten 50 last week – got scorched by a fast low one second ball, followed fairly quickly by Lippy (4) and Ollie R (3)…. The Pears were struggling, and batting order were rejigged to try to add done stability. Tom was propping up one end, supported by Tony (9) and then Will Roush, this was to prove the key partnership. Tom and Will combined in a 94 run partnership. Tom finally going for 71. Will Roush was joined by Will Reed (2), Vaughan (6), Simon (0) dubiously given out by one of Oxshott’s younger umpires.. The Captain then joined his youngest to bludgeon a very painful 24, before letting young Ollie G come in for the last over – and thanks to Oxshott’s team spirit – allowed him to finish the game 3 not out, with Will Roush finishing 52no.
So another away loss, but total win in every other sense.
Thanks to all the Pears who contributed to the positive spirit, and thanks to George and the Oxshott team for playing cricket like Sunday cricket should be played. Great support from three generations of the Reed family, the Tipping clan and the George’s who all turned up as spectators.