Spell Of The Season For Young Prodger!
With the playing line-up starting to change weekly like one of those rotating doors due to Summer holidays. SMB welcomed back Skipper Jack White, as acting skipper Phil Fish disappeared off on an Ashes Training Camp in Greece. SMB were also without leading strike bowler Brenda Bulpitt, but somehow still managed to field one of the strongest playing XI’s this season. With the opposition calling wrong Chalky waisted no time inserting the visitors Bentworth on a pitch that looked pretty good if not with a tint of green. The overhead conditions looked favourable too as Martan (1-14) took the new cherry from the far end of the ground bowling with good pace and lots of a way movement, drawing plays and misses from every batsman multiple times as he completed his 8 overs on the trot. Rocko (2-40) returned to open the bowling from the Bell end for the first time in a couple of seasons making the initial breakthrough with a full pitched ball hitting the openers off peg. The no.3 soon followed looping up a slow long hop outsite the off stump. Alex Aldridge (3fer) bowled a lovely length, flighting the ball up enticing the Bentworth middle order forward to be rapped on the pads bang in front. The pick of the Bourne attack however was young Joe Prodger (3-16) bowling with good pace and prestigious movement. Storming through the lower order with good rhythm in easily his most impressive spell this season. A top bowling performance, Bentworth all out 104.
Skipper Chalky wasted no time placing himself at the top of the order and greeted his first ball with a pull to the legside boundary for 4, a 6 to the same boundary soon followed as SMB found themselves going at 8 an over for the first 5. Playing all-round a straight one, Jack was replaced by Prodger Snr who followed the skipper shortly afterwards in a bizarre dismissal having swiped all 3 of his stumps with the bat, stepping back to cut the left arm opener. Luckily Swifty (42*) and Kinger were there to see SMB home for the loss of only 2 wickets. The remaining 12 runs coming in the 16th over without a legal ball being bowled, a conundrum for the scorer Ange Moon. No balls and no ball boundaries seeing us over the line.
8 in a row now for SMB as we welcome highly place AWE Tadley at The Recreation ground on Saturday 10th August. There was only one winner of the Captains Veg this week. Dave a first-time recipient for his bizarre means of giving up his wicket.