Sixths Make It Two In A Row
After losing Liam Polinelli to the 4ths due to his excellet performance in Round 1, and Jezza unable to bowl, we were concerned about a lack of bowling depth so moved Benny out from behind the stumps to act as a pinch-bowler if required. Kingy won the toss and elected to bat.
Fletch and Jezza headed in and were a little scratchy early before they started to hit their straps until Jezza was caught off a bad ball when the score was at 30-odd. Bish then headed in and looked very comfortable with Fletch before skying a ball, and was soon followed by Dan Gatt who was also removed cheaply.
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|Fletch on his way to an excellent 49||Ed unlucky to be caught and
bowled at the end of the innings
|Kenny takes a breather|
Benny then headed in and he and Fletch then took control with Fletch towelling the attack and excellent running between the wickets. They were crusing and added 40-odd for the 4th wicket before Benny lost concentration with a slash at a wide, high ball that was best left alone and was caught at cover for 10. This started an all too familiar collapse for the Sixths with Mick Kettle, P.K., Sniffa & Ed all lost for low scores. Fletch was eventually out for an excellent 49 that proved to be a vital innings. Kingy provided excellent support in the dying overs finishing with 29 not out and Kenny providing plenty of entertainment for the last wicket. Total score - 9/161
Cluden made a positive start against Kingy and Mick Kettel although the opposition's opening batsmen proved susceptible to a bit of banter early on. Sniffa was brought into the attack very early and lacked his usual dexterity and was dispatched accordingly. Cluden added 30 runs in quick time before Mick Kettle struck with an excellent yorker to set us on our way.
The going proved tough with a combination of dropped catches (2 for Sniffa in what was a filthy day by the champion's standards) and poor umpiring decisions raising tempers midway through the innings. Ed then took a great catch at slip to remove their danger batsmen and we had the visitors 3 - 70-odd.
PK had a crack and had plenty of chances without luck before the unthinkable occurred and Benny was brought into the attack.2 balls off the pitch had everybody worried before Benny found his range and and had their number 4 caught behind in a catch that Fletch still disputes - just goes to show that a song and dance by the bowler can convince most umpires these days and Fletch is as blind as a bat. Benny then completed the over 10 balls later just to show that some things never change.
Bish then came in and made mincemeat of the tail and the 6ths ended up 40-run victors. While the batting still remains a concern, it was pleasing to have the sixths maintain their unbeaten start to the 2010/11 season.