It’s Coming Home, It’s Coming
Fresh from the wounds of two weeks of massive hidings at the hands of Laverstock & Ford and Penton, the SMB league XI was nearly back to full strength this weekend. With everyone keen to watch the football, the start time was brought forward an hour to midday. And as the noon sun unmercifully beat down on the Recreation ground. Skipper Paul Bulpitt won the toss and made no hesitation in inserting the 9-strong opposition from Andover.
A repeat of the previous weeks onslaught from Penton looked on the cards as opening bowler JC9 Jamie Coombs first over wielded 15 runs. That however proved to be the batting highlight of the game as Martin Clay finding some decent rhythm had the opening bat caught by Swifty behind the wickets. 2 Massive unsuccessful LBW shouts followed to complete a wicket maiden. Joining the party from the Bell End, JC made another inroad, the other opener looking a right prat, leaving a ball that swung away to castle his off stump.
Still fired up from the not given LBW decisions Martan finally got his man! Beating a lame defensive prod as the ball crashed into middle stump. Number 4 came and went the next ball, faced with a the hattrick ball the next bat to the middle was a leftie. Bowling the best line of his spell and with a little extra pace this season, Martan nipped the ball back through the gate taking an inside edge on to the stumps! A first league Hattrick for MC and a first for the club since Woody back in the olden days!
It took Martan another 4 balls to find the stumps again, this time clearing up the rest of the Andover line-up unbelievably taking his second Hattrick of the innings! Ending with bizarre figures of 4.1 Over, 2 Maidens, 7 Wickets for 2 Runs. His first league 5 wicket haul! The two runs conceded both come as edges through the slip cordon! Backed up by some lovely outswing bowling a the other end from JC 1-17.
A slightly surreal feeling for the Bourne boys as they jubilant headed to the changing rooms having dismissed the opposition for just 19 in only 8.1 overs! Swifty 8* and Chalky 12* wasted no time in knocking off the 20 runs to win in 1.4 overs as the two teams shook hands after just 49 minutes of play. So much for being worried about missing the football, we had over 2 hours to kill before kick-off, a quite bizarre game of cricket!
Jack White got the vegetable 🍆 for some very dodgy face patriotic face painting (photo below) that went horribly wrong when his forehead started sweat, Martan the only candidate for the 50p 🏆 for his 2 Hattricks and 7 wickets in total! Even better England won 2-0, we sat outside the pub and drunk 21 jugs of Lager, which we think works out at more pints drunk than minutes of cricket played!