On paper this was a dead rubber in that neither team stood to gain or lose places in the league, but as you are all aware, in the cut-throat world of Mining League Cricket there is no such thing as a dead rubber(!!??!!) Perranporth always play a really friendly match and tend to use the mining league to blood some of their younger members, so it was no surprise that there were more than a handful of youngsters on the field, including a fine performance from Max Walden with both bat and ball.
Lockyer opened the batting and started in his usual circumspect fashion with 2 fours from the first 2 balls. This set the tone for a fast start to Methigion’s innings, and there were some good knocks from the top order with Farrar making 24 and Van Lingen making 19, but also worthy of mention was Walden M with 11no. This all added up to a competitive total of 99 from our 20 overs.
The Methigion attack started well with Van Lingen’s bowling technique No 2 proving to be very accurate and tight, but clearly equally frustrating given the moans and yelps that ensued after the ball went past the edge, without catching it, on numerous occasions. It looked like the game was going to be fairly tight however, until Lockyer stepped up as first change bowler. His first ball was given a good seeing to up to cow corner, but then 3 wickets fell in the next 5 balls. I’m not sure who was more surprised – the Perranporth batting attack, or Lockyer himself! Once the top order were despatched, the innings slowed down a lot as the youngsters came on to bat. Walden M held one end up with very tight and accurate bowling, and as for the other end – well lets just say a very occasional bowler had his first bowl of the season. The night ended with a 38 run Methigion victory – our third in the mining league of the year! The pick of the bowling figures were Lockyer 4-10 and Walden M 2-9.
All that said however the biggest question of the night still remains unanswered – Not “can Methigion win the league next year?”, or even “When will the new Van Lingen bowling technique come up with a bag-full of wickets?” but “Is Dave having a mid-life crisis, or is he aiming for a new career as a hairdresser with that car?”