V Peopleton CC (10/05/15)

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10th MAY 2015

WHCC v Peopleton CC

Walsall Health lost to Peopleton CC by 49 runs

The ‘Elf’ travelled to Peopleton based in the holy lands of cricket – Worcestershire.

Dai to the rescue.

Welsh Wonder Dai Preece steps in to save the day.

It was a late call from Fitz who had pulled a Fetlock in conspicuous Sunday AM activities, so the mighty Dai Preece stepped up to make the XI complete.

So we followed the skipper into the middle with some short boundaries and a thick cut outfield. Sam and Dave Stephens opened the bowling. DS with another solid shift tying up an end and keeping the score board low; while the super charged Sam claimed three wickets and took 2 caught and bowled chances. One which was like getting through for a touch down in the red zone rather than a cricket match.

Richard Fell standing in for the physical wreck Andy Gorton… After deciding to list his injuries it was determined just to say the eyelashes on his left eye and his right ear lobe are injury free…

It was the introduction of the ‘King of Spain’ the undisputed Welsh Wizard JP who took charge with a wicket first ball! A 3 wicket super spell saw an extensive selection of bamboozling balls beating batsmen beautifully! A caught and bowled being the highlight. However, great concern that we could lose the star man while retrieving the ball from a neighbouring field containing a couple of sheep, but being a true team player, his teammates came before a potential hot date.

Dai running from one side of the field to the other between overs was a sign that Preece Snr is still active in many ways! He covered that much distance at one point Stuart Slater thought he might need to sponsor him. Added to this were some excellent stops on the boundary.

Matt Wright took one wicket in a 6 over spell. Thanks to Rob Hewlett catching a rocketing drive with lightening fast reactions.
Rob added to the catch with two wickets of his own mopping up the tail.

Slater turned over the Malinga style arm surely to be developed into a dangerous bowling weapon.

This was after Iron Man Chris Hall playing his first game of the season opened his account with 2 wickets. One of which was Peopleton’s star man who was just 7 runs short of his century. Great to have the PSB back in action!

Strong words from the skipper were required to keep us focused to the end of our time in the field. ‘Anonymous’ quipped, Dave had finally found a use for his redundant hair dryer.

Chasing 197 after a very mediocre tea, the batsman set about our reply. The Gort smashing 45 and sending one of the opposition to hospital with split webbing, while the skipper managed 27 gallon victim to some erratic bowling. A couple fully tossed over his head followed by a screaming Yorker!

Sam Stephens with 17 added to the early total, but then a collapse ensued. Only Richard Fell with 19 off 34 balls and Not Out stemmed the flow. this was a superbly stubborn effort from the former skipper who just refused to be beaten.

Slater, D Stephens and J Preece chalking up positives for the duck trophy award.

Chris Hall unlucky not to build on a good start while Matt Wright batting at 9 did well against their premium bowler.

A little highlight in defeat was Dai hitting a 4.

So, the Invincibles’ dream is over for this season, but the Golden Generation remain strong onwards and upwards to next week.

 

Batting Runs
Gorton, A b Deeprose 45
Preece, D b Rigby 27
Stephens, S c b Thompson  17
Hewlitt, R b Deeprose 1
Fell, R not out 19
Slater, S st 0
Hall, C c b Thompson 6
Stephens, D c b Mason 0
Wright, M c b Mason 4
Preece, J b Billington 0
Preece, Di b Billington 4
Extras

24

Walsall Health

 148

 

 

Bowling Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Stephens, S

8

0

42

3

Stephens, D

8

0

30

0

Preece, J

8

0

25

3

Wright, M

6

0

30

1

Slater, S

2

0

23

0

Hall, C

5

0

31

2

Hewlitt, R ? 0 2 1

AOB
Disappointingly…Some arrogance and snide comments from the opposition left a bitter taste in the mouth when were gracious enough to field for them after they lost a player.Fines was one of the funniest for some time. Elloner Rigby, Sheep Bothering, Wrestling and the first ever mid session toilet break!

MAN OF THE MATCH
& TOP BOWLER

JP with three wickets and the most economical of the bowlers who had the full compliment of 8 overs.

TOP BATSMAN

Andy Gorton just shy of his 50
Rich fell a close second for his pure determination.

TOP FIELDER

Dave Preece led by example and gave us a kick up the arse when we flagged.

DAI WATCH
The great man played and stepped up to bail us out. Rolling back the years and just brilliant. A Class act.

RACHEL GORTON’S – POP SCENE
With a week off work Rachel wearing a rather nice scarf and big sunglasses set about demolishing two bottles of wine.
Yet still had the good grace to assist with refreshments where the opposition fell short.

 

Written by Mathew Wright

V Sportsman CC (26/04/15)

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26th April 2015

Walsall Health CC v Sportsman CC

Walsall Health beat Sportsman CC by 3 wickets.

The eagerly awaited first game of the season was ON; after the office of Mr Andrew Gorton Esq had predicted monsoon conditions. However, the weather gods provided Sunny yet brisk conditions, as ‘The Elf’ were put in the field after losing the toss.

Sam & Dave Stephens opened the bowling. The father / son combo controlled the scoreboard from the off. The blistering pace of a not fully fit Sam was too much for the opening pair. An early opportunity for
A chance of a catch rocketed to the dynamic Lyndon Billingham on his ‘dayboo’ from the the bowling of DS! Saving a certain four runs the ball did not quite stick. And that would set the tone of valiant efforts with Nathan Martin diving high and to his right, Sam Stephens with a difficult effort diving backwards, John Preece dropping a sharp chance off his own bowling and the skipper Dave Preece lunging heroically and taking two bites of the cherry before the ball was grounded.

6 time fielder of the year Richard Fell was watching from the side lines no doubt thinking they were all easy takes!

Good energy in the field as always, but Stuart Slater & Lyndon Billingham arguably the star men. Stuart with a couple of diving efforts to save certain boundaries and one improvised football skill again to save 4 runs. While Lyndon proved to be ‘Johnny on the spot’ mopping up ball after ball.

Wickets needed to fall and it was Sam Stephens with the break through. With pace an precision as he skittled over the first wicket of the day. Nathan Martin bowled a tight line and length with arguably one of his best spells for the club and deserved to get a wicket.

Enter 2014 player of the year Ian Chuck; who with his first over of this campaign delivered the good with a Wicket Maiden. The excellent all rounder proving his worth once again. JP showed signs of having a formidable year as ‘The Elfs’ own ‘King of Spain’ was teasing and tempting his opponents with some height and flight on with a selection of bamboozling left arm deliveries!

‘The Don’ Lyndon Billingham now made his bowling ‘dayboo’ amongst his efforts were a couple of teasing deliveries and one that was edged tantalisingly slightly out the reach of Super Andy Gorton.

Not bowling a single ball during 2014, The reigning Batsman of the year and our daring skipper Dave Preece turned is arm over with a useful spell taking 2 key wickets and proving that he leads by example whether it’s with the bat, the ball or in the field!

Birthday Boy Matt Wright celebrated the start of a new season with 3 wickets in 3 overs. Greatly aided by the magnificent Gort behind the stumps whipping off the bails for 2x stumpings.

The innings drew to a close with 178 the target set. D Bhopal top scoring for the visiting team with a very well played knock of 65 runs!

With 179 needed to win, Gort and Chuck took the field. And it was Chucky who was again proving his player of the year credentials top scoring with a patient and critical 75.

Sam Stephens looked set for a big score from number 3. However, despite a solid start, was undone by a viciously turning ball.

2014 Fielder of the Year – Rob Hewlitt made a quick fire 19 runs off 16 balls that gave the charge to the line some momentum.

Dave Stephens and Lyndon Billingham both opened their accounts to stake a claim on this seasons duck trophy.

Dave Preece, unusually in a middle order birth, steadied the ship. Nathan Martin with brave running throwing his bat in a way other than into a tree, falling over but picking himself up to make it into the crease.

Dynamic running, grit, guts and an iron nerve saw us get over the line with three balls to spare.

Walsall Health open the season with a hard fought victory hopefully the first of many.

Batting Runs
Gorton, A c b Nasser

3

Chuck, I b Wiseman

75

Stephens, S b Hallam 24
Slater, S b Hallam  2
Hewlitt, R  lbw Hallam 19
Preece, D not out 25
Stephens, D lbw Nasser 0
Billingham, L c Nasser 0
Martin, N not out 9
Wright, M DNB
Preece, J DNB
Extras

18

Walsall Health

 180

Bowling Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Stephens, S

7

2

15

1

Stephen, D

8

0

29

0

Martin, N

8

3

32

0

Chuck, I

3

0

8

1

Preece, J

5

0

23

0

Billingham, L

2

0

30

0

Preece, D 4 0 13 2
Wright, M 3 0 24 3

RACHEL GORTON’S – POP SCENE
With two jugs leaving last seasons student life behind Sunday hang overs are a thing of the past. So this season we look at ‘The Elf’ refreshment technician or ‘Pop Girls’ match day fashion sense.This week saw skinny jeans with a converse foot ware option. A layered approach with a cammy top, cricket sweater and denim look oversized shirt.

DAI WATCH
The Welsh wonder was frozen on the sidelines as the afternoon temperature plummeted on the sidelines. The Bronx hat donned by Dai was more Compo-esque last of the summer wine tribute.

A.O.B
The hottest thing of the day proved to be Rob Hewlitt lulling people into trying a chilli scratching that were hotter than Dai in his speedo’s during the 1970’s.Rachel (x3) & Andy G both fell down a pot hole by the benches to comedy effect!Music in the changing rooms this season was well received. And shower club is back!

MAN OF THE MATCH & BEST BAT
Ian Chuck
A wicket maiden and top scoring with the bat 75 runs.

BEST BOWLER

Take your pick between the skipper Dave Preece who got two crucial wickets of high order batsmen, Sam Stephen tight spell while injured or Nathan Martin with arguably his most controlled spell of bowling for the club.

BEST FIELDER
Stuart Slater or Lyndon Billingham both put their bodies on the line for the cause.

Written by Mathew Wright

v Lapworth (17/9/2014)

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Walsall Health beat Lapworth.

The last match of the season saw the mighty Walsall Health take on Lapworth.

ALL HAIL IAN CHUCK, CENTURIAN!

ALL HAIL IAN CHUCK, CENTURIAN!

With the rumour mill grinding with talk of Lapworth bringing a strengthened side since being skittled out for a meagre 28 runs in May, apparently their worst defeat for over four decades. With the highly rated youngster Reuben Arnold going through a structured warm-up pre-game, and a succession of six-foot-plus players arriving one by one, it certainly looked a strong team, but would the sum of its parts be greater than the spirit of ‘The Elf’?

With the record books suggesting the team may have enjoyed its most successful in the club’s history, an epic end-of-season match was to unfold.

Walsall opened the batting, with the superb Andy Gorton and mercurial Ian Chuck. And in true Super Gort fashion, the seasoned opener got the scoreboard more than ticking over, hitting 42 runs off 43 balls.

The returning Sam Stephens – so instrumental in May’s demolition – was less destructive with the bat today. But Sam’s eventful afternoon was far from over. The skipper entered the fray.  And, as usual, he delivered a fine batting performance.

David Preece unleashed his classic arsenal of attractive stroke play amassing yet another 50. All the time Ian Chuck, our South African Superstar, was chipping away towards his maiden century. In recent weeks iChuck has put in some brilliant performances with the bat, however, this was truly the embodiment of saving the best until last.

With the innings coming to an end it was the bold running and unselfish play of Rob Hewlitt keeping Chuck on strike and Commando Rolling and diving to safety after running a single only the athletic Hewlitt could deliver.

So the imposing Lapworth attack was roundly despatched for 235. And of that total 32 extras and a measure of petulance gave us a chance to shine as a Team.

Although this was a home fixture the game was being played at Rushall rather than Aldridge due to pitch availability. And our back room team delivered another unbeatable performance.

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The Greatest Tea ever? Part one

Shannon Simmonds: Opening the teas with a strong shot selection of sandwiches.  Refined skills with the crusts cut off.  And an enviable repertoire of ham, cheese, tuna and salmon.

Rachel Gorton: The star performance in the middle order. A bold and expansive selection of pizza, samosas, spring rolls and chicken nuggets to name a few of the tasty treats.  In summary belly-busting brilliance from this catering all-rounder who is just as skilled with a jug as she is with the buffet table.

Siobhan Preece: The skipper’s wife finished off a sterling tea performance with a hat-trick of butterfly cakes, scones and lemon cake that bowled us all over.

The Greatest Tea Ever? Part one

The Greatest Tea Ever? Part two

Surely a call up to the Great British Bake Off is pending!?

So the very full Walsall Health take to the field, to be confronted by young rising star Reuben Arnold.

Our opening bowlers went about their task to contain the scoreboard and duly did.  Nathan Martin – the coolest Angry Man – delivered his best bowling performance of the season and, although there were no wickets for Martin or fellow opener Sam Stephens, chances were created and after 16 overs they relinquished a miserly 52 runs.

Every member of the team excellent in the field. Prepared to put their bodies on the line to stop runs on a bobbly and bumpy pitch, there will be some no doubt nursing some, bumps, bruises and grazes this week.  And by the end of the game our skipper and Ian Chuck could barely walk, yet never once did their efforts wane in the field.

It was century man Chuck who got the breakthrough wicket and saw the end of Lapworth’s danger man, although Richard Fell’s patented ‘Moon Ball’ came very close to this honour after some challenging overs.

Jonathan Preece - three wickets for Champ to end the season on a high!

Jonathan Preece – three wickets for Champ to end the season on a high!

Jonathan Preece, The Elf’s King of Spain, graced us with his regal slow left arm trickery.  JP bagged a glorious three wicket haul, frustrating his opponents to the point of a bat and glove throwing hissy fit in the case of Lapworth’s Davies!

Rob Hewlitt has a claim to the throne as the King of Swing containing the opposition despite the short boundary while Stuart Slater, took time out of his International Man of Leisure duties to chip in with a wicket, turning the screw on a Lapworth side that were feeling the scoreboard pressure.

Matt Wright was unable to keep his wicket taking streak alive despite a couple of half chances. The middle order more like a WWE encounter of The Big Show and Batista set about stemming the tide, but they were no match for the Excellence of Execution, Chris ‘The Hit Man’ Hall removing three of Lapworth’s heavyweights.

It must be noted that Sam Stephens took arguably the catch of the season, diving and taking a marvellous left handed catch only for the umpire to claim he never had it under control. It was 100% held and, after a few heated words, the game continued.  In fairness, at this level you would like to think the players word would be good enough.

This didn’t dampen the spirit of ‘The Elf’, simply spurring us on to a satisfying victory to wrap up an excellent season. Everyone contributed either with the bat or ball.  Magnificent as a unit in the field.  Arguably the difference on the day is that we play for each other all of the time.  Some are claiming this to be the ‘Golden Generation’. Post-match, skipper Dave Preece said: “This was a really fitting way to round off the season with contributions coming from throughout the team to secure a hard-fought win against strong opposition. “The team spirit this year has been immense and in this game, as throughout the season, every player contributed at one point or other to spur the group on. Ultimately, another genuine team effort. Acarn spake. We all carn spake.”

Batting Runs
Gorton, A

42

Chuck, I not out

100

Stephens, S  7
Preece, D 52
Hewlitt, R not out 2
Slater, S DNB
Hall, C DNB
Fell, R DNB
Martin, N DNB
Preece, J DNB
Wright, M DNB
Extras

32

Walsall Health

 235

Bowling Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Martin, N

8

0

31

0

Stephens, S

8

3

21

0

Hall, C

6

2

20

3

Chuck, I
Fell, R

6

4

7

0

Wright, M

3

0

15

1

Preece, J 3 0 22 3
Slater, S 3 0 19 1
Wright, M 2 0 21 0

Man of the match: Ian Chuck – maiden century, took a key wicket and fielded through injury.

Top bat: Ian Chuck – 100 NOT OUT

Top bowler: Tough one: Sam Stephens and Nathan Martin bowled amazingly well, while JP did the damage and Chris Hall had nerves of steel at the death.

Rachel Hangover Rating: 6/10. Due to tea duties Rachel exchanged the booze for a buffet.  So not to let the family down Dad, Andy, held up the family name after an indulgent Saturday at the Ludlow food festival.

v Highwood Park (17/9/2014)

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Walsall Health beat Highwood Park by 10 wickets.

The Elf clinched the decider in their three-match series with Highwood Park with a ten-wicket victory spurred on by brilliant performances the flatmate combo of Ian Chuck and debutant Josh Butler.

Ian Chuck - man of the match thanks to brilliant bowling and back-to-back 50s

Ian Chuck – man of the match thanks to brilliant bowling and back-to-back 50s

The win means The Elf take the series by the odd win in three after the defeat in June followed by the series levelling win the following week.

Butler was one of two players making their dayboo for The Elf – along with Shane O’Callaghan – while Dutch import Neil Van Limbeek was making his first appearance in over a year, after he injured his shoulder playing darts.

Winning the toss on a cloudy day which offered up a handful of rainy interruptions, skipper Dave Preece put Highwood Park into bat.

Initially it looked like a decision that would suit the visitors with Park’s dangerman Shaun Allsopp doing what he does best on his way to being the top-scorer in the game with 53.

A string of frustrating dropped catches, edgy appeals and misfields during the opening phases did little to settle The Elf down as Allsopp and fellow opener Owen proved mulish in their opening stand.

Josh Butler - three wickets on dayboo.

Josh Butler – three wickets on dayboo.

The ultra-economical bowling of Chris Hall – now (as if there were any doubt at all) back to the full extent of his extensive powers – Tom Davies and John Nicholls stemmed the flow of runs on what was an awkward track for batsmen. Hall opened his account with four successive maidens followed by two successive overs for one in each, meaning his first six overs went for just two runs. Davies meanwhile was equally frustrating for the Park openers, his opening spell of five overs going for just eight and Nicholls’ six overs included four maidens for just seven runs.

At the 17 over stage, Park had notched up 44 runs without loss before Chucky’s Super Over effectively turned the match on its head.

First, the South African spin merchant clean bowled Owen for an unlucky 13 before continuing his hoodoo over Park hitter Stephen Beattie, luring him into holing out to Preece at mid-off for a second-ball duck.

Andy Gorton - two stumpings and a half century for the main man.

Andy Gorton – two stumpings and a half century for the main man.

Even then, Highwood Park held firm and it took another ten overs and a 36 run partnership (during which time Allsopp continued to carve himself an excellent innings) before The Elf made another breakthrough, Nathan Martin grabbing the wicket of Allsop leg before wicket.

With the run-scoring threat of Allsopp back in the pavilion, Park crumpled slightly with Tallis stumped by Andy Gorton for nine off the bowling of Butler followed by a brilliant run-out of Cox by Preece for four. Debutants Butler and O’Callaghan combined to dismiss Lapper for nought thanks and Butler then claimed his third wicket – again thanks to a stumping.

And Hall and Davies got the wickets their early spells deserved – Davies first taking Olly Holliday clean for five and then Hall skittling Ralph for two.

Shane O'Callaghan - great catch on dayboo.

Shane O’Callaghan – great catch on dayboo.

The Elf’s pursuit of the 118 needed to win the match and series only looked in threat when the brooding clouds over Aldridge had a tantrum early during the home side’s innings.

But the weather failed to disrupt the tempo too much and openers Chuck and Gorton set about steadily building the response.

For the second successive game, Chuck engineered himself a half-century (albeit thanks to hitting a boundary through mid-wicket for the winning runs, interestingly off the bowling of Beattie) while Gorton added yet another half-ton to his list of achievements.

Gorton’s 51 not out came off just 63 balls (a particularly amazing achievement given the challenging surface) while Chuck’s was a slightly more circumspect, taking 88 balls as the total was reached in the 24th over meaning The Elf could celebrate the series win with ten wickets and sixteen overs to spare.

The Elf’s next outing is in Tim Oliver’s memorial match next Sunday at Rushall Cricket Club.

Batting Runs
Gorton, A not out

51

Chuck, I not out

51

O’Callaghan, S DNB
Hall, C DNB
Martin, N DNB
Nicholls, J DNB
Van Limbeek, Neil DNB
Preece, D DNB
Fitzpatrick, G DNB
Davies, T DNB
Wright, M DNB
Extras

19

Walsall Health

 121

Bowling Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Martin, N

7

1

33

1

Davies, T

7

3

11

1

Hall, C

8

5

10

1

Chuck, I

4

0

11

2

Nicholls, J

6

4

7

0

Wright, M

3

0

15

1

Butler, J 3 0 11 3
O’Callaghan 1 0 1 0

Man of the match: Ian Chuck

Top bat: Ian Chuck and Andy Gorton (51 not out – tie)

Top bowler: Another tough one – but Chris Hall’s figures against the opening attack were impressive.

Rachel Hangover Rating: 8/10 – although she is claiming a migraine was to blame. Until we see some medical evidence, we’re raising an eyebrow to that one.

v Coventry Willow (3/8/2014)

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Walsall Health beat Coventry Willow by 147 runs.

History-making back-to-back centuries by captain marvel Dave Preece provided the cherry on a particularly tasty cake as The Elf bulldozed their way to another excellent win.

Superb notable performances by Ian Chuck (who magnificently carved his way to his first half-century in Elf colours), Matt Wright (who took two catches and two wickets), Chris Hall (whose Lazarus-like recovery continued with a brilliant bowling performance) and Tom Davies (perhaps his best Elf showing with the ball) saw the visitors to a memorable victory.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, The Elf got off to a steady start on a slightly sticky pitch which became a bit livelier as the day went on.

Openers Andy Gorton and Preece were looking good, taking the total to 59 by the 14th over before Gorton was caught off the bowling of Keogh for a credible 22.

This only served to pave the way for the partnership which would see through the total as Chuck went one step further than his encouraging knock the previous week to sail past the half century mark and even threaten to make it to three figures.

Although only 80-1 at drinks, the duo worked through the gears during the last 20 overs to add a further 165 and finish on 245, setting an impressive total and providing Mat ‘Where’s my keys?’ Danks and Rob Hewlitt with severe cases of pad rash.

Such a lofty total was always going to be a challenge for the home side and an explosive performance by The Elf’s strike bowlers Dave Stephens (12 for 2), Hall (10 for 3) and Davies (13 for 1) helped shatter the resistance.

It took the opening pair of Hall and Stephens until the fourth over to see off the Willow opening pair, with Hewlitt and Wright pulling off nifty catches to help the process along.

Hall – in only his second match back in The Elf fold after an enforced lay-off – ultimately grabbed three wickets, clean bowling two Willow batsmen in addition to his opener for just ten runs off his five overs.

The rampant Elf had the home side on the wrack at 27 for five after 11 overs and it required a stubborn seven-over stand by Carl Fenton and Mike Lee to stabilise the collapse, adding 39 runs.

Stuart Slater - good spell of bowling by the squad playboy.

Stuart Slater – good spell of bowling by the squad playboy.

Eventually it was the introduction of Hewlitt that smashed the partnership, grabbing the wicket of the magnificently dreadlocked Fenton (‘FENTON!’) with just his third ball – clean bowled as you like – before Davies produced a brilliant Wales-South Africa combination with Chuck to account for Lee.

With the mid-inning resistance shattered, the wickets came thick and fast with Preece taking great catches from the bowling of Wright (who finished 1 for 2) and Hewlitt (who finished 6 for 2).

A super spell by Stuart Slater effectively opened the way for Wright to arrive and add to his two excellent catches with two wickets in the last over of the game, leaving him on a tantalising hat-trick for when he opens his spell in the next game.

The win represents the seventh victory for The Elf this season and another fantastic showing with everybody playing a contributing part in the win.

* An honourable mention must go to Rich Fell who gallantly fielded for 40 overs (40 TOUGH overs) for the home side after they ended up men down. He then proceeded to bat for them, producing the third highest score, enduring some horrific South African abuse, playing some wonderful strokes to the boundary and avoiding being bowled by Chris Hall.

Batting Runs
Gorton, A c b Keogh

22

Preece, D Not out

106

Chuck, I Not out

91

Hewlitt, R dnb
Danks, M dnb
Forrester, T dnb
Stephens, D dnb
Wright, M dnb
Davies, T dnb
Hall, C dnb
Slater, S dnb
Extras

26

Walsall Health

 245

Bowling Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Slater, S

4

0

24

0

Stephens, D

5

3

12

2

Davies, T

5

2

13

1

Danks, M

1

0

5

0

Wright, M

0.5

0

1

2

Hewlitt, R

3

1

6

2

Hall, C 5 2 10 3
Forrester, T 3 0 27 0

Man of the match: Ian Chuck

Top bat: Dave Preece (106 not out)

Top bowler: Pick the bones out of the figures above but I point to Matt Wright’s two wickets for one run off five balls. Superb bowling all over the shop. But tough to say.

Rachel Hangover Rating: 8/10 – partly carried over from the previous day when she failed to climb out of bed until 7pm after a day hiding from her hangover.

Tea Rating: 7/10 – a very very acceptable collection of snacks. The cheese sandwiches, in particular, went down very well indeed.