It’s didn’t come home, But 8 and 3 for SMBC
🏏With the laughs and the numerous jugs of last weeks romp at the rec firmly in the rearview mirror, SMBCC headed to ‘beautiful’ Eastleigh for the match up with Southampton Community Cricket Club. Well, 10 of us did, god only knows where Ed Allinson went (dodgy sat nav, thought it was a 2pm start) but skipper Paul Bulpitt won the toss and put us in to bat so we didn’t much care where he was in truth. The pitch looked like it had been placed under a hot grill for 20 mins and the lack of shade only added to an uncomfortable start…
A rare opening duo of James Swift and Mike Glycophantis had uncharacteristically short bursts out on the track, both caught out playing shots they’d rather forget as did no.3 Jack White – victim of what was in fact a very decent bowling side, accurate and not without pace. At 3 for 3, which were in reality all extras, the ship needed steadying and who better to steer than Rob King and Alex Aldridge who found themselves together and gradually starting to look comfortable as the overs progressed. Alex played beautifully into the gaps without ever straining or thrashing and even though the change bowlers were no slouches, the scoreboard crept up. Rob King scored a masterful 53 without ever looking in trouble until his appetite for runs and his ability to actually run them were out of sync and he was run out after some tidy fieldwork from the oppo. We’d made 130 now for the loss of 4 and felt like we were definitely building something to bowl at.
A further 50 partnership between Jamie Coombs and Alex Aldridge (who was still batting beautifully) didn’t look on the cards with Coombs looking a little nervy when Soton’s pace man worked out just how much he hated the ball on his legs. However he hung around and indeed they piled on another 50. By the time Ed Allison got out of his Jim Jams for a ‘4 and back’ and Mark Hyland had a quick look at the track, SMBCC were 188 after their 40 overs, with Alex Aldridge top scoring on 78.
With Ed now awake and in the right postcode, it was time to test out the batting mettle of the opposition. He found his pace quickly and though the batsman looked to handle it ok, the opening pair of Allison and Coombs smelled blood. A wayward first delivery from Coombs perhaps lulled their opener into a false sense of security and a simple cutter toppled his off stump next ball, SMBCC were off to the races. Next man in and same result – gate open, stumps over – Coombs taking 2 wickets for the 5th successive week in the league. Alex Aldridge and Ed continued with unerring accuracy, both getting good batsman to play bad shots as numbers 3, 4 and 5 also dropped fairly early in the innings.
At 59 for 5 it was time to see how deep the opposition batted and fired up from not getting what he wanted with the bat Jack White strode into bowl his brand of ‘Mystery Seam’. It confounded them alright with two bats holing out to Coombs at point followed by a terrific catch from Ed Allison in the deep looking right up into the sun. really top drawer cricket. Jack found himself with a 3 wicket haul very quickly and with one man down due to injury, Soton had capitulated for just 64 after 20 overs of cricket. All back to the George!
The 50p🎖️could only go to Alex A for his superb 78 and the veg…..only one winner – Ed! 🍆