‘A VIEW FROM THE BOUNDARY’ 2016 PART 1
BELTON & RIDLINGTON CRICKET CLUB (“The Foxes”)
The rather wet early ‘summer weather’ has somewhat scuppered the early season cricket fixtures although we did manage to host Islip and visit Uppingham twice between the ‘monsoon like’ conditions.
Despite a fine knock from Mike Bowen (56), we were soundly beaten by Islip by 7 wickets at our home ground and in late May we played our annual 20 overs fixture up at Uppingham against the ‘Friday Nighters’ where we had been victorious on the previous two occasions. However, with a rather depleted team we were soundly beaten with only Laurie Redmond starring with the bat in making 28 out of a modest total of 98 for 6 from our allotted 20 overs, a score at least 20 runs below par. Uppingham knocked off the required runs for the loss of only 4 wickets with some 3 overs to spare which in consolation at least resulted in an early visit to the clubhouse bar.
After two postponements in ‘flaming June’ where scuba diving would probably have been more appropriate, we took to the field again in mid-July to play the Uppingham Town CC Sunday team up at Castle Hill in what turned out to be an extremely close and competitive affair. After winning the toss we elected to bat first and after losing both openers (Messrs. Bowen and Wright) early on in proceedings, skipper Steve Kind and debutant Freddie Tucker proceeded to re-write all Club batting records with the highest ever batting partnership recorded of 151 runs for the third wicket made from 27 overs. Young Freddie played superbly for his 81 and was ably supported by his ‘elder’ batting partner of a mere 34 years who was finally stumped out in the penultimate over for 72. We finished on 180 for 3 from our allotted 35 overs with David Fairley and Steve Langford scampering valuable runs at the end of the innings.
In response, our bowling attack soon made in-roads into the Uppingham batting with Paul Morton taking 3 early wickets to leave Uppingham struggling on 16 for 3 from 5 overs. However, a gradual recovery followed and despite us taking wickets at frequent intervals, it always looked as though a close finish was in store and some good tight late bowling from Freddie Tucker, John Owens and David Fairley, aided by two run-outs following fine fielding, saw the 35th and last over arrive with 4 runs required but with Uppingham only having one wicket in-tact. The winning runs were struck by the home side from the 4th ball of the final over and we, unfortunately, lost by just one wicket in an extremely close and entertaining affair.
Our remaining fixtures for 2016 are as follows:
Sunday 17 July v Great Dalby at home
Sunday 24 July v Harborough Taverners at home
Sunday 7 August v Great Dalby (away)
Sunday 4 Sept v Hallaton (away)
Sunday 11 Sept v Tugby at home
If any new potential cricketing recruits are interested then please contact Steve Kind on 01572 718769