On an overcast Saturday morning we all arrived at the Red Lion field for the well-known home match day time of 11.30am to be greeted by Gareth ‘Pink Hat’ Robb who had arrived early that day to carry out his duties and had prepped the whole ground, I was thrilled to say the least but he’s set a standard for the rest of the season which I doubt the other lads will thank him for.
Choppers munched on, broken down mower on a length and warm up completed all by 12.40pm, the 2’s were in confident mood ahead of welcoming Purton Cricket Club for the day. Both teams in recent good form. After losing the toss, AGAIN, Burbage were invited to have a bat.
Slight shuffle in the pack this week, out went general injured bloke Strong, in came, fresh out the straight jacket, Russ Buck. After giving both opening bats a brief overview of Purtons danger man and my own nemesis, Joe Dunn, Buck and Davies went out looking for a great start and they delivered.
They put on 70 for the first wicket before Buck was dismissed.
With Rhys bringing up his 50 for the 2nd week running and seeing off the openers, he was found attempting one big shot too many and caught on the fence for a well-made 60 which bought the melt brothers to the middle, Haydn Amor and Jonathan Street.
With Purton in spin mode from both ends, these lads played patiently using their feet superbly and built a partnership over the middle overs and put the 2’s firmly in control, it was great to see all that grafting they’ve put into nets in the week paying off with the Vice-captain Street even launching into a delivery and planting his first 6 of the season.
With the score on 170-2 in the 37th over, Burbage were looking to put the foot on the accelerator and look for quick runs… however, with Haydn and Jon dismissed in quick succession, the middle order failed to pick up where they left off and Purton were pulling things back going into the last 5 overs.
On paper, the 2’s bat all the way down to number 11 and in recent weeks the lads down the bottom have really stepped it up getting us to great totals with some lusty blows, this week was no different, chopper Green hitting two massive 6’s alongside ‘All Stars Coach Of The Year’ Mark Styles and Matty Milne getting us to a total of 226-9 off our 45 overs. Great efforts from the lads.
Tea, Sue Milne once again out done herself with a remarkable tea and catering for all. Everyone well fed and watered the 2’s took to the pitch setting their sights on the 10 wickets required to remain at the top of the table!
Skipper Patel opted to give the new nut to Styles and Robb, now im not sure if someone mentioned Romelu Lukaku was better than Harry Kane again to him but Robb was in fired up mode bowling as quick as he has done all season removing Purtons number 1 and 3 in his 4th over.
Styles at the other end providing good control, tight lines and less no balls this week, the opening pair got us off to a great start. Patel not wanting to put all his eggs in one basket rested the strike bowlers, introducing Golden Boy Davies and Superstar N’golo Milne into the attack.
Rhys went about tearing into the remainder of Purtons top order dismissing Skipper Duffel and danger man Aitken in successive overs leaving away side a mountain to climb at the halfway stage. Rhys providing a spell of 7-3-19-4. The youngster tells me he can’t play next week due to some festival, I’ll be on the phone to his old man this week trying to change that.
Birthday boy Dan Swatton and Chopper Green came on the clean up the tail with Green possibly bowling the best bowl in his BERCC career to gain his wicket and Swatton taking 3 wickets without conceding a single run. 2.3-2-0-3.
Purton finished on 121AO and a great all round performance was completed winning by 105 runs.
This was a fantastic effort and set the lads up in great spirits to celebrate Swatty’s bday with some drinks, BBQ and games afterwards at the club.
We travel to play Wotton Bassett 3rds this coming Saturday for another tough game.
A quick note to say we welcomed a new umpire Ansel Porter for the day, was terrific to have the help of another volunteer of the game. On the subject of umpires, was fantastic to see Club Legend Peter Deck in the crowd Saturday cheering the lads on however I would of happily done without the look of disappointment on his face when I’ve given my wicket away cheaply earlier in the day.
MOTM – Jon Street
Pink hat – Nick Patel (undeserved might I add)