The beauty of mining league cricket is that you get to visit some fairly stunning grounds and on this particular sunny (if not slightly chilly) evening there could have few finer places to play. The views afforded of St Agnes Beacon on one side and Carn Brae on the other made for a very fine backdrop, but enough of that – back to the cricket.
Mount Hawke clearly fancy themselves for the mining league title so when the Methigion All-Stars (http://ccl.play-cricket.com/scoreboard/scorecard.asp?id=11036365) took to the field they must have been quivering in their boots (or not perhaps!) We were asked to bat and scoring was initially relatively sedate with some tight bowling from a strong Mount Hawke attack. Fletcher tried his best to sort that out but when running for a cheeky single he became the latest in a string of Methigion batsmen to succumb to a twang in his calf. Despite that, and with runner in tow, he still managed to get 41. Van Lingen (17) and Easwaran (15 no) both chipped in with useful runs to give a Methigion total of 81-4
That didn’t, on the face of it, look to be enough but step forward Cooper and Lockyer. The opening spell from both was full of vigour and aggression, giving Cooper 3-21 and Lockyer 1-18 to give Methigion more than a fighting chance after the first 8 overs. The Van Lingen bowling technique mark 2 and some Walden tweak kept up the pressure but at the end of the game we were probably 20 runs short in our innings.
To say that we were playing one of the strongest teams in the league it was certainly no walk over, and ended up being a closely fought and very entertaining game – an honourable defeat for sure.