We have a new guest Blogger today, David Poole, valuable member of Mansle Cricket Club, Business Mentor, part time poacher (he has been known to scramble eggs as well) and is strongly rumoured to be the original Stig.
You have been patiently waiting for the bus and then 2 turn up at the same time, how often have you come across this? Well for our beloved Mansle CC its taken 3 years. Yes we have won friendlies but for the last 3 seasons we have been the whipping boys…but not any more.
The team that took the field today against Damazan could be described as 11 individuals, but those 11 came together as a team, supporting each other and each playing their part in a highly effective team performance.
When we bowl its not just about running it up and sticking it in, we are clicking, we bowl to a field and you know what..? We take catches. Ok Kamran dropped a stinker and Phil had a go at an evil attempt, but on the whole we field well. Its not just about catching but understanding where to field, and supporting the bowlers.
Today despite Damazan getting a streaky 169, the bowlers worked as a unit with Phil getting through his 8 overs so quickly we thought it was 6 which was backed up with some quick stuff from Kamran, Fred and Remi…who took a wonderful diving catch. I guess thats the only good thing to come out of Aussie cricket for the week.
Though Skip was berated, and challenged on more than one occasion, he managed to fend off the need to bowl David (yes thats me) but David did single handedly take sledging to new epic proportions both on and off the pitch. (I really want an award for this effort)
At one time successfully cursing the opponents in 3 languages, much to the delight of Mike who was safe guarding “Dictionary Corner”…Thats the scorers.
So we came off the pitch after completing almost 40 overs, wickets were shared, and we had some good banter with the tail end of Damazan who played in a super spirit.
Amongst the ranks though there was an air of disappointment, Tom was most notable in saying we gave them 30-40 runs too many, and no one disagreed. That is one big turning point for Mansle, it wasn’t long ago when we were happy to have a kept a team lower than 200.
With us going into bat I have to be honest and say our batsmen were brilliant and made it look easy. Great supporting knocks from Garry, Tom, Ajmal and Fred, paving the way for “Dave” Kamran to smash his way to a 50 and seal the game with 5 overs to spare. If we had batted first 200 would have been on the board that is for sure. Just a shame Paul fell to ball which pitched a foot outside the off stump and into the ridge…but what can you do to those?
Overall it was a great day, and an achievement that everyone contributed to.
Before I sign off, special thanks needs to be given to our brilliant umpires who in my opinion are very fair and also to Kay and everyone else who made us super teas.