Match Report

Kimble

29 June 2019 - Away

1st XI Cherwell Div 4 fixture.

Kimble Rose to occasion

Game day 8 saw the Mills travel to newly promoted Kimble, with a weather forecast predicting conditions in line with an overnight stay in the Den Harvey suite in August with the windows shut it came as no surprise when the seam trio of Madden, Cockroft & Lefort suddenly had alternative plans.
When visiting captain Burney won the toss and showed no hesitation in batting first. Hare joined Burney at the top of the innings for the Mills. The two set off well after a few early scares, putting on 50 within the first 10 overs. After a week of warm weather training for Hare in a specialist cricket facility in heart of Catalonia the opener was keen to test out his new found fitness levels with Forest Gump style running between the wickets, it would eventually see the opener’s downfall, run out for 20. This fall of wicket brought Garrett to the crease, a moment the strokemaker was evidently dreading, naked with only the one layer on the batsman would later vent to local Kimble Sport Radio 3 “the game shouldn’t have been allowed to take place, you wouldn’t see conditions like this in the Norwich league”. Despite this, Garrett found comfort quickly, driving the ball with regularity to the boundary, including the shot of the day straight down the ground. The two batsman were building the Mills up to a good score at a good rate, with the score now surpassing 100 within the first 20 overs and Burney was now showing Rose shots to match the agricultural scenes around them.
At the Second drinks break the Mills were now 135-1, set to push on to a good score.
With Burney coming back to the crease with his hitting bat, the signs were ominous for the home side, the opener must have mixed it up with his “give it away” bat when he lobbed his first ball straight to Rose off the bowling of Khan for 78, exposing his weakness to left arm leg spin, rumours are Drew Stanley will now be forced to bowl at the skipper every night of the week until he can fix his technical problem or Burney pulls a muscle trying to put one into orbit. Although Garrett’s bat looked the same he must have also made the same bat switch when he fell soon after the opener, catching the leading edge off Rose for 30. Mayho joined Dove and the pair started to build for strong finish although plans were halted when Mayho chipped one to long off for 19 of the bowling of Khan. With the Mills now falling into a precarious position a patient cool head was what was needed, Devaney looked like being that player until his concentration finally broke, 3 balls into his innings, the middle order batsman citing a required adjustment period when talking to Kimble sport Radio 3 after the game, “I have underestimated and forgotten how boring cricket is, I will go away, collect stamps and complete jigsaws and come back stronger”. Claridge, ensured his stay at the crease was as short and as cool as possible, slipping £5 to the umpire before play, the batsman was given out leaving the ball, caught behind off Rose for 0. With Mills’ middle order misfiring, there was still some work to be done to get the side to a good score, Claridge (A) again started re-building with Dove, the pair bringing the score up to an acceptable level before Claridge was beaten for pace by Khan’s quicker delivery, bowling him for 7. After another small partnership Dove fell to a routine caught and bowled, the batsman though was reluctant to go, keen on getting a tan to match that of the bronzed Hare, Dove was in long discussion with the umpire, presumably offering to finish off the umpiring stint in order to keep the tan topped up, although this was rejected forcing the batsman off for a well-made 19.
With work still required it was the power hitting of Pandurangan which would push the Mills over a par score, some big wristy sixes pushed the Mills onto 227-8.
Bowling second the Mills side benefited from a drop in temperature by at least one or two degrees, taking it down to only 32. The Mills seamers were not effective early on and the home side got to drinks, 52-0. It was the introduction of the spinners which would make the impact, Garrett trapping Singh LBW for an aggressive 31, with the batsman realising his day was done he got “Saturday night fever” walking off the pitch, pointing out the Mills men, challenging them to a dance off later. The in-form Foster fell LBW to Kelly for 14. Kelly wouldn’t wait long to remove Raja with what has been described as the ball of this century by Kelly himself, the ball apparently drifting in then seaming away. When Garrett had Khan and Parvez removed caught for 3 and 1 respectively the game seemed to be swinging towards the Mills with Kimble 82-5 at the second drinks break. After drinks Kimble firmed up, Rose and Shah giving no real chances away, the partnership built and so did the Mills’ frustration. Kimble saw off multiple bowling changes and unusual field sets Mills deploying the umbrella, spaceship and the star field sets. It was the 2nd re-introduction of Burney which saw an end to Shah for a superb and match saving 41 although it was much too late for the Mills men who had to settle for the Draw. The end of the game left Rose on an extremely well made chanceless and unbeaten 64 to deny the Mills side the points.

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