Tuesday, December 26

Great fun!

Well that was tremendous fun. We finished at 2pm and I think I'm just starting to thaw out now, 3 hours later.

For the record, TSJ totalled 96 for 11(!) off 22 overs, having at one stage been about 40 off 5! The artificial wicket was one of those very low bouncing ones, so it was ideal for the dibbly dobblies - and indeed anyone who bowled straight! The total was not bad under the circumstances! Good work from all in the perishing cold.

We got off to a dream start as the unlikely opening pair of Cotters - bowling perhaps his most inspired 2 overs of the year - and Dasher had the Brox 3 down in moments. Another soon followed and the home side were up against it at 5-4 off 5 overs. Julian Marcroft played a good knock for Brox, but wickets continued to fall until eventually it came down to 20 to win off 5 overs. Matt Hunt then took 2 in 2 balls before bowling possibly the worst hat-trick ball in history, a beamer that Pete took at full stretch!

Another wicket went down, and Brox were 9 down needing 4 off the last over. Despite the valiant efforts of Dickie P, who must have been the most nervous man in Lancashire, Ashcroft kept his nerve to hit the winning runs and nick the MOM award.

A great afternoon's fun, some very good cricket played - especially considering a) the cold, b) the 3/4 months since we've picked up bat or ball and c) the cold! Plus it looks like we've made upwards of a GRAND.