Rakers first game of the season at home to Northop hall
Old and new faces raring to get going at fortress wayf. Any sentimental moments the 3 debutants may have been expecting from Ben, maybe a nice welcome or even a cap presented, we’re squashed quickly. “Put these whites on and go get ready to field”. Yes skipper.
Karma for his rudeness no doubt: Ben lost the toss, and we were put in to field. Nothops best bat opened up and scored a chanceless (okay maybe one chance but no need to focus on that) innings to get to 83. The lad clearly knew his strengths and stayed at one end whacking the seamers around all day and was more than happy to watch Joe Corbett take poles down the other end just so long as he didn’t have to face him. Eventually he was forced to take a single and to his despair was out to Joe shortly after. Joe finished with 4 wickets just short of his 5fer as, after getting the main man out first ball of the over which made them effectively 9 down, he was unable to get a child out with the next 5 deliveries. Hard lines. Northop were bowled out for 131.
Myself and Cumner opened up to chase this down but matt departed pretty quickly despite talk between overs about not letting anyone else bat. Clearly his conscious got the better of him.
Scott on the other hand was more than happy with the idea of not letting anyone else bat. Including me. Very similar to Northops opener Scott was turning down singles to ensure he kept the strike to the spinners with which he was at his destructive best against. Fair enough. Hard to complain when he’s scoring 20+ off the over. Scott and me (when allowed) chased it down in 19 overs. Shezza 78 and myself 44 both red. If only he let me face one (admittedly I probably would have needed more than one) more ball off the spinner ey.
Rakers win by 9 wickets and sit top of the table on 25 average points
What a start
However in the words of the 5fer bottler doing his best Kobe Bryant impression: “jobs not done”…
Up the newb!!
Written by J Corbett
29 APRIL 2023 @ 12:45