The Boys arrived at Old Lats last Friday, very hyper and well up for the game…. Don’t now f it was too many Haribos or release of mid exam pressure. We had a very competitive £1 challenge game which again was won by Pat Kray, please don’t send the boys round I will pay you £2 next time I see you….. Skippy won the toss and decided to bat first. The usual pair opened, H and Nudger, but both fell early, H for 0 and Nudger for 3. Pat Kray was in at three and knew he had to steady the ship, he was joined by Skippy. Skippy absolutely nailed his first ball into his pads, a shout went up for LBW. I was laughing at square leg when I looked up, only to see their umpire give Skippy out……. HHCC 5-3….. But I wasn’t worried as I had explained in our team talk, everyone bats…. Bruno was in next but he didn’t entertain us for very long, he went for 0….. HHCC 7-4. Still not worried…. In minces Catalogue Boy Bourne….. C&WCC were really crowing but soon started to get a little bit worried as our pair started to put bat to ball, Pat with his little nudges and Catalogue with his drives. Slowly a partnership started to build. Pat played a sublime cover drive that hit the boundary before any fielders had moved. I knew we were going to see something special. Catalogue Boy was soon having the cameras clicking as he hit boundary after boundary. It had suddenly gone very quiet in the field and unfortunately the bowlers were not hitting the pads enough to get any help from the umpire!! By the 12th over the partnership had passed 50…. Catalogue was now beginning to pick his spot and with Pat forcing the pace with his running between the wickets the runs were really flowing…. Catalogue then bashed a flat six which would have killed anybody that tried to stop it. He reached his 50 with a lovely 4. The better looking Kray twin was also finding the boundary with ease….. By the 17th over the pair had put on 100 between them. All we needed now was Pat to reach his 50 but in forcing the issue for the team he fell for 41. Will I Can then joined Catalogue for the last two overs…. Catalogue told him to have a bit of fun so he did, with what can only be described as a Bothamesque six over square leg. He closed his eyes, ducked his head and smashed the ball off his nose… Our innings finished on 138 for 5 off 20 Overs, Catalogue Boy Bourne 61no and Will I Can 7 no…..
We went out to field, well up for it and the C&W boys looked a bit dumb struck….. Will I Can opened up but the Chiswick openers couldn’t lay bat on ball. He only went for 18 off his 4 overs.
Jayley bowled from the other end but wasn’t at his best. He’s a bit like me, he struggles in the cold – roll on the warm weather. He finished with 0-10 off 2. Catalogue and Adam Kray were then brought into the attack but again bowled to well with no luck. Catalogue 0-7 off 4 and the uglier Kray 0-14 off 4. Our fielding was superb and Skippy got our first wicket with a great run out, although he did drop an absolute dolly…… The next wicket was also a run out, by Party Boy McCartney……By this stage the C&W boys were going to get nowhere near our score so it was time to bring on the real king of spin, Sick Note Pannett…… He took a wicket with his 3rd ball which was a smart catch at slip by Bruno Mars Barr, who I think got the biggest shout because it was the first time he had touched the ball all evening. Party Boy bowled from the other end with his usual variation and H took a sharp stumping to give him figures of 1-15 off 4. Sick Note was turning the ball square and was unlucky not to pick up another couple of wickets as the ball turned and bounced over the top of off stump. He finished with figures of 1-8 off 2. C&W ended the night on 74 for 4 Off 20 Overs.