By Skipper Alex Smickersgill
2nd XI Away v Burton Salmon
17th August 2019
Somewhat belatedly your correspondent writes.
Sometimes you have to just accept that on the day the best team won. Burton Salmon have been top of the table all season long and this match showed why. They certainly have the best bowling attack in the division and after winning the toss and inserting the Gates they proceeded to demonstrate this fact. Any batting side that is 6-3 inside 5 overs has to recalibrate it’s targets for the innings. In this regard it was a real positive that we managed to bat out the 40 overs. The graft started with a 64 run partnership between the skipper (41) and Ray (21). When these two fell in quick succession it precipitated a mini collapse. Sam (13*), showing good application and PD (23*) with some dash saw out the overs.
116-7 may not seem like much of an innings, but it represented a performance of genuine grit and fight given the attack were up against.
Once again Sam showed real hostility with the new ball and was good value for the two wickets he picked up in his opening burst. That brought together two batsmen at the top of the divisional averages. At this point we needed to take any chance offered. Unfortunately a couple of really difficult chances went down. Burton Salmon were proceeding serenely to the target when Ray pulled off the catch of the season to give Finn a well deserved wicket.
Although ultimately well beaten, Crossgates showed real desire to compete. Yo paraphrase Annie Schwarzenegger ‘We’ll be back’.
Man of the match: Skipper
Fielding point: Ray