This afternoon saw 3 father/son and 1 father/future step-son combinations take the field for Methigion, which gave the afternoon a real family feel (this was only slightly interrupted by the string of expletives that erupted after Dalton was run out!). The senior members of the team however were clearly making up for the youthful element as various players were seen to be hobbling about, to the point where fielding position largely came down to how far one could run before going “ooowwww!!”
Methigion lost the toss and were asked to bat first on a wicket that didn’t really harbour any demons. A bright start was made with the first three batsmen all looking like they might make their retirement score of 35. This being Methigion, however, that didn’t happen, but neverthless we made 143 before being bowled out in the 28th over. The highlights were Arumugam 27 Davis 24 and Easwaran 21. Even Maskell Sr, who was heard to mutter “well I haven’t scored a run in over three years so I’ll go down the order” chipped in with a lively 9.
The target looked competitive and the bowling started in the perfect way with the first ball being given caught behind. In retrospect this may have something to do with the fact the umpire could probably have done with visiting specsavers prior to the match, but they all count in the end. The bowling was generally tight and all the youngsters chipped in with some very impressive line and length bowling from Davis Jr and some turn and bounce being extracted from Maskell Jr, Jones and Easwaran Jr. The main talking point appeared to be between Maskell Sr and Dalton and whether one opted for the tactic of “get it above the batsman’s eyeline to fool them with the flight of the ball” or the more orthodox method of slightly flatter bowling that aimed to turn. At the end of the day it was Maskell Sr who appeared to win the argument with the vital last wicket being taken by “floating it” to the point where it nearly came down vertically! A Methigion victory then by bowling out the opposition with a 10 run victory. The pick of the bowlers were Davis Jr 2-8, Maskell Sr 2-12 and Easwaran Jr 2-19
One of the most enjoyable matches of the season so far from my point of view as it was played in the spirit that cricket is intended, and made all the better by our 3rd win of the season.
Addendum: It would appear I served out a great injustice on Maskell senior when writing this match report by not crediting him with his personal best bowling figures of 3-12. All three wickets were clean bowled, most of them from a height of double-overhead!