IDC League – Gameweek 2 Review

Tension, anger, delight and despair. All words that described the jampacked evening of cricket in Gameweek 1. Indoor skipper Jonny Russell is delighted to report that gameweek 2 produced exactly the same emotions…

Match 1 – Goring lost by 2 wickets (off the last ball of the match):

Goring – 98 a.o (12.0 overs)

Welford Park – 99-4 (12.0 overs)

Vice-captain Crawford chose to bat with Russell in transit and despite Russell’s arrival the innings never really caught fire. However, a competitive total of 98 gave Goring something to bowl at. With the excellent Crawford leading the attack, Goring were in with a shout, but too many painful 4-run wides or no balls looked like they were going to prove critical. Only needing 6 off the last over to win, Hedgey (on his comeback after retirement) produced an outstanding first 4 balls, to leave Welford needing 4 off 2 balls. Victory was in sight! The penultimate ball was an unplayable dot ball, and yelps of delight could be heard until the painful realisation that Hedgey had overstepped. A wide and short-pitched no-ball followed to leave Welford celebrating victory after the skipper failed to prevent a quick single of the last ball.

 

Match 2 – Goring won by 3 runs:

Goring – 115 a.o (12.0 overs)

Theale & Tilehurst – 112 a.o (11.3 overs)

Some awesome hitting from Crawford, Stefan and Hegdey took Goring to their highest score of the season. Clearly favourites for victory, the G-Ring got off to a flyer with 3 early wickets. But T&T slowly crept back in to the game and were left needing just 6 off the last over for victory with 2 wickets remaining – a doddle in normal circumstances. But Stefan had other ideas, and 4 balls on the spot led to dot balls punctuated with an awesome stumping from Russell and a run-out that sealed victory for Goring by 3 runs!

 

Quickfire Awards:

Innings Of The Evening – Tom Hedge

Hedgey’s power hitting in the second match entertained the crowd immensely and threatened to send the score to astronomical levels. He was unfortunately run out on 27 with 9 balls remaining when his first half century for Goring loomed.

Drop Of The Day – Alex Crawford

Penultimate over vs T&T. Their danger man at the crease. Driven straight back at him, perfect catching height. Shock throughout the team as Crawford’s butter hands appeared to put the final nail in the Goring coffin.

I Never Thought I Would See That On A Cricket Pitch – Jonny Russell

Unconventional keeper, Jonny Russell, nailing 2 stumpings in his season debut behind the stumps.

Controversial character – Steve Wincott

Steve showed his genial side as he called back the T&T batsmen who was bowled when he wasn’t properly ready. The laws of the game may say that it is the batsman’s responsibility, but Wincott is all heart and fair play.

Loon of the day – JP

Run himself out and the impressive Hedgey with a running display of pure lunacy!

Journey of the day – Jonny Russell

Sipping champagne and devouring magret de canard in Paris at 3pm. Enough said.

Balls of steel – Stefan Gordon

Final over against T&T, only 5 runs to defend. 4 balls all exactly on the spot. Pure brilliance.

Russell’s Round-Up:

Put simply an absolutely brilliant evening of sporting entertainment. You can say we should have 2 out of 2, but equally we could have come away with nothing. All 4 matches this season have been brilliant, so come and join us next time in our Winter Wonderland!!

 

Next Match:

SUNDAY 5th December – A chance to destroy Crawford’s other club (Kidmore End!)

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