Joe leaves the pitch with Steven (our man of the match)
Matt said that having to focus on the scoring and figuring out where I was making the mistakes with the scoring soon sobered him up. I still haven't got 100% to grips with the scoring but usually muddle through it with the help of the other scorer and again it took the 2nd sheet before I found a rythymn to it and felt happy with the way it was going, it's just that everytime you do the scoring the other bloke seems to always do it slightly different to what I do.
After teas it was our is was our teams turn to bat (In this instance my team is B&PCC). Jody and Ryan opened and produced the partnership of the match and if it hadn't been for Ryan being bowled by G&CCC's Jack they'd have got a really good score (19). The bowling highlights of the G&CCC were Charlie and Catherine. Unfortunately Ben had to face the possibility of the humiliation of being bowled out by a girl, but you can see by her bowling figures that she was pretty good equalling Charlie with 2-0-3-0 and the 2 of them easily the best bowlers of the Grays team. Joe scored 1 not out and Ben was unfortunately bowled by the kid with the worst bowling figures of the Grays team, but by this time Mr Wide was scoring just as many runs for us as he had with them previously.....
This is G&CCC's Reece's bowling and the wicket is Ben's - gutted! As far as B&PCC were concerned as long as there wasn't a whole series of wickets taken (It could happen remember last week at Rayleigh with the spinner) it looked as though Mr wide, Jody and the boys had done enough at this point to win. Sonny and Anthony Ayres did the right thing defended their wickets and made a run each. Anthony's apparently was the first run in a real game all season. I think the same may have applied to my son Joe as he came off full of himself as he'd made some runs (1 I think)? But to give Joe a lot more credit he ended up again facing a kid much bigger than him who was quite a handy bowler and all of the balls that were on the stumps Joe blocked, so both Ben and Joe are beginning to get the hand of it and realise it's really important to simply not get bowled out or caught.
Basildon win 289 for 3 against G&CCC's 248 for 6 both teams had in excess of 65 extra's. Looking at the scoring sheets although I knew what was going on and Matt and I agreed as we were going along what was happening I'm not so sure anyone else would easily make sense of it, so I'll have to tighten up on that a bit although the second sheet today was a lot better than the first. So other than all the extras the boys did well. You'll not be surprised that in the Post Match debriefing Graham announced that tomorrow night at the training session they will mostly be bowling!
Once home Joe and I had a bowl outside the house over 20 yards and in 18 balls he threw 3 wides and hit the stumps 6 times including a lovely big turning leg break, the rest were predominantly leg side mostly but compared to his match performance massively different becuase he'd warmed up in the match!!!!!
In the evening both of them went over to our private wicket and again in a short spell Joe hit the stumps 6 or 7 times to Ben's 0. He definitely needs a warm up before the game.
Man of the match we reckon was B&PCC's Steven, he took a good catch, took a wicket & scored four runs & helped Joe with his running between the stumps (Communication). On that note a lot of our runs were down to very sensible runs made on little nicks, mis-fields, over-throws, byes, and wides were the more experienced kids saw the opportunity and helped out the less exprerienced kids so that was a real positive aspect to the game I felt. Unfortunately I can't post up images of the kids so where the kids are not G&CCC or my own kids I've had to blur out their faces.