Once again holidays take their toll
A similar side to last weeks team against Walton came to Marchington to play a mid table clash against Yoxall 2nd XI with only 11 points between the two teams. On paper it seemed that to be a close exiting game but with once again many out due to holidays. Two more regular 4th team players also out this week including top order batsmen Phil Tate and in form bowler Aaron Harper and in replace Matt Parker and Dave Jobson left the 4th team with only 3 players playing more then 10 games for the 4ths this season, Captain Mick Acton, Brad Hambleton and Henry Parker. Yoxall went to toss; calling incorrectly and resulting in captain Mick deciding to bowl first. Brad Hambleton (10 overs 0 maidens 0-44) opened from the prison end and Lewis McQ (6 overs 2 maidens 0-14) from the other end bowled very tight but to no reward with the two young openers no making a brake through the opening pair for Yoxall were going strong. Time to try something different young spinner Harry Millican (8 overs 1 maiden 1 for 38) replacing Brad and Barry Wynne (8 overs 0 maidens 0 for 41).But it was young Harry who made the vital break through by Mason (58) tossing up a easy catch taken calmly by Brad at square leg a partnership the 4ths needed to break with the openers falling 7 runs short of a hundred partnership. 93-1. This break through didn't change the game massively as Holland (28) came in at number 3 and stuck with the opener Cromhout (65) the two batsmen were looking comfortable putting on 67 between them. It was Brandon 'Boycott' Ridgeway (5 overs 1 maiden 0-28)who replaced Harry and Captain Mick (9 overs 2 maidens 3 for 48) who replaced Barry Wynne and it was Mick who broke the number 2 and 3 partnership bowling Holland leg stump. 160-2. Only 29 runs later Cromhout the opener fell to the mighty Mick with an exellent catch on the cow-corner boundry by Brandon 'Boycott' Ridgeway. 189-3. Foster (0) also fell to Mick Acton being bowled. 195-4. That was the last wicket that fell for Yoxall as Mason (36 not out) and Elstone (12 not out) put on another 37 runs to give Yoxall a more then satisfactory total of 232-4. It was the same pair from last week of Phil Burrows (2) and Bertie Winstone (32) who got their pads on and went out to open the batting for the Greens. Phil fell early to the young opener as Rolleston were 7-1 off 4 overs. Matt Parker (3) replaced Phil. Matt and Bertie looked like they were starting to become settled but a loose shot by Matt gave an easy catch to Chris Mason at short cover. Henry Parker (1) replaced his dad at 29-2. It was only 2 runs later that the pair came back for a silly 2 and Henry was ran out as rolleston moved on to 31-3 it wasn't looking great for Rolleston once again. But it was Brandon 'Boycott' Ridgeway (11) who took to the crease next and with his performce last week of 3 off 65 balls everybody had great expectations of Brandon sticking around for a while. It looked promising as Brandon beat his score from 65 balls from last week in just 3 balls this week if he could stick around with Bertie and keep the score board ticking we would have a good chance but unfortunatley top scorer Bertie was dismissed being bowled Cromhout. 45-4. Lewis McQ (5) was next in and with a good partnership with Brandon from last week everybody again having great expectations but it was only 9 runs later that Lewis was caught by Paul Manning.54-5. It was Mick Acton (1) at 7 who entered to join Brandon in the middle but the collapse was in full throttle as only 3 runs later Rolleston were 57-6 and Brandon was dismissed being bowled by Cromhout. Brad (4) came in at 8 to block out the remaining over only to see Mick dismissed in the next over caught behind by Elstone. 57-8. It wasn't looking any better for Rolleston. Barry Wynne (4) was next in at 9 and he was dismissed just 9 runs later for Artan Hussains 3rd wicket of the day. 66-8. It was Dave Jobson (10) who joined Brad with alot to do to salvage something from this game they lasted to drinks but not long after Dave was dismissed by Paul Manning. 78-9. Harry Millican (0 not out) was in at number 11 but he was very disappointed to see Brad out caught behind by Elstone 80 all out. Yoxall win Batting first by 152 runs. A good effort with the bat from Bertie and a good effort with the ball from Mick they were the only 2 who really made a difference to the game for Rolleston but their can only be one man of the match and today it was Mick Acton because without his 3 wickets we would have had no points today and it would of been an extremly embarrising 27-0 defeat but still it was a big defeat and a disappointing day. 27 points Yoxall, 2 points Rolleston.
By Brad the Lad
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Once again holidays take their toll