Cold, Freezing, Bloody Froze, Colder Still!
As opening days of the season come around, as a player you long for dry weather, a drop of sunshine and a full playing 11. With the wicket having had plenty of preparation during the week, come Sunday we were greeted with 2 of the 3 wishes as our first opponents of the year Redlynch & Hale & Wherwell arrived at the Recreation ground, strangely we had a 11 and it wasn’t raining. There wasn’t much sun however!
The earliest fixture certainly in my memory for the past 10 years required as many layers as possible and some shelter, a bitterly cold wind swept across the opening expanses of the Rec as SMB lost the toss and where asked to bowl.
Donning the black armbands and following a minutes silence to remember friends passed Jeff & Phil, it proved a somewhat questionable decision as Martan struck after just 4 balls, an early season valley wicket offering very little bounce. No back foot shots today was more apparent than ever.
Some tidy opening bowling from both ends from Martan & JK kept the batsman at bay before a couple of overpitched half volleys from Martan ended up over the fence. Jamie (1-15) made the break through as the set batsman started to threaten, chipping one straight to a leaping Paul Standford at mid wicket. With a fresh man to bowl at Martan (4-20) ripped through the middle order with a couple of bowleds and a stone dead LBW. Bolly (2-6) entered the attack from the Bellend and after an appalling 1st over somehow grabbed a couple of lower middle order wickets and finished his 3 overs with very respectable figures.
The catching was pretty poor as 4 chances were shelled as every Bourne fielder braced themselves against a cold afternoon in the field. It was left to Chalky (2-4) to mop up the tail and a solid catch on the boundary from JK to put an end to the main batting resistance. Redlynch all out 76!
A warm cup to hold full of scolding tea was never more welcomed at the midway point as the SMB players tried to get some warmth flowing back through their veins. With another good tea enjoyed courtesy of The George, layered up the Bourne Openers strode out to the crease to find a leggie to open the bowling and soon ragging it square.
Chalky (16) somehow surviving 5 overs of not knowing which way the ball was turning before being nailed plumb in front. Stan the man fell 2 balls later aiming one for the middle of the lake and loosing his off stump, could a collapse be on the cards with some inexperienced batsmen to come.? The Skipper Paul Bulpitt (1) kept out several fizzing leg breaks before failing to pick the wrong un, SMB 35-3 with the runs drying up and wickets tumbling, 77 looked along way away.
Inexperienced Richard Green joined the well set Swifty at the crease, showing lots of maturity for someone who only looks 16, Swifty manufactured the strike seeing off the leggies remaining over and stopping the slide. A slightly unusual tactic after only 10 overs and with 7 wickets in the hutch. With a change of bowling forced upon the opposition the runs flowed again as Swifty (41*) & Richard (8*) saw SMB home in 20.3 overs.
A great start to the season, in the pub by 5pm and without anyone catching hypothermia!
Join us on Easter Sunday as we face Hythe & Dibbden at home now!