SMBCC vs Wellow & Plaitford – 21.07.18

Close but not close enough!

An all-round poor display in the field, with the ball and with the bat saw SMB succumb to visitors Wellow & Plaitford in a low scoring clash at the recreation ground this Saturday. Several mis fields and the opening bowlers unusually off the mark saw Wellow reach 43-0 before the introduction of Alex Aldridge (5-18) bowling with some turn and drift from the Bell End ran through the opposition. Well supported by the returning Chris Randall, and James Swift picking up his first league wicket for 2 years. Wellow & Plaitford all out for 97. 

SMB started disastrously with skipper Paul Bulpitt spooning the first ball of the innings to point, a very wide ball outside almost off the track. James Swift and Mark Hyland quickly followed, SMB in trouble at 24-3. Aldridge and Melkonian came and went, SMB now teetering dangerously at 26-5. Clay gave Andy Stevens a momentary rest bite from the carnage, but ultimately came up short, the remaining wickets falling before the openers who were still gaining some prestigious swing had finished their spells. At 55-9 it looked all over. With Phil Fish and Geoff Thacker at the crease. Managing to see out the Opening bowlers 6 wicket spell and looking to accumulate some runs against the change bowlers. The scoreboard continued to rotate as Phil (16*) and Geoff (7) dragged SMB closer and closer to the target. A few cracks started to show in the Wellow line up as runs leaked around the ground.

Alas it was not to be, Jalfrezi was bowled around his legs by their leg spinner, SMB all out for 89 – 9 runs short of victory. A great effort by numbers 10 and 11 putting on 34 for the last wicket!

Alex Aldridge got the 50p for the second week running for his 5ver, the vegetable got left in the pavilion so wasn’t awarded, but we think Bollywood got it for his shocking ‘man bag/satchel/handbag’

#getthegameon #hantstopgun #hantscl #cricket #smbcc

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