CURDRIDGE vs KNOWLE - 20th May 2023
Curdridge finest turned up in sunny Wickham for the first game of the season after first 2 games called off due to all that bloody rain.
Easy to get lost finding the ground with a few cars taking u turns before ending up at beautiful view of the ground and surrounding countryside.
The local gypsies were in Wickham square so a detour needed to get to the ground. And no pub open within 5 miles radius.
Our illustrious captain was too busy to play having taken family off to Cornwall where it rained even more than here, so Sammy was the only one with his hand up, so he was captain.
Before the game started Andy got into an argument with the opposition captain, but good news we actually won the toss. Now at this point you would have thought we would have selected to bat, but our new captain decided to field. From then on it didn’t go well !!! (Hint: next time we win toss, lets bat)
It did start well with two quick wickets from Del and Jack, but after that it went downhill. Every bowler got hit big time with poor Jack hit for 3 sixes in one over. I know the boundary was short, but we handed the batsman plenty of easy shots and he hit 12 sixes in his innings !!!!.
Sammy tried his best to motivate bowlers even telling yours truly to not pitch it on the wicket and guess what first ball of the over, pitched up and hit for a six !!!!.
No other bowler fared much better with runs piling up and their batsman hitting a huge 160 with 2 other batsman getting 45 and 60. A total of 290 was a big score and left Curdridge a bit deflated.
It was a long day fielding.
But the tea was bloody lovely with more cakes than you can imagine, so with our stomachs stuffed with lovely sandwiches and cakes we started our innings.
Curdridge went out batting with some optimism. Dom and Mark opened and runs started before Dom was out for 8.
Mark continued to bat well before going for 33.
Wickets fell again before the mighty Craig went in and batted beautifully. Three more cheap wickets fell from Alan, Mark and Sammy.
Gary hit one six before departing for 10 leaving Del and Mike to finish off the innings. On last ball Del hit the ball and a run was attempted before a run out. All out for 173.
A special mention to Del’s 8 overs, 10 runs and 1 wicket and a beautiful 83 knock from Craig.
Just to finish off the bad day, no bloody showers.
At least they had beers in the fridge, so the usual crowd stayed behind to drink our sorrows.
Come back Jules all is forgiven.
Next Week: Home to Sarisbury
Man of the Match: Toss-up between Del and Craig, but Craig gets it for his 83.
Champagne Moment: I can only mention the lovely tea.
Donut of the Day: All the bowlers except Del !!!!