A few late cancellations and work commitments meant that only eight Blades were available for the return to cricket after a two week break. This 18-over fixture was The Big One – Museums at home!
Blades batted first, and despite losing Richardson early on, piled on the runs. Farmer played his usual cultured innings as he coasted to 28, hitting a glorious six along the way. Hamer partnered and also helped himself to a retirement, his 27 bringing a standing ovation from the pavilion. The runs kept coming, Hurst also retiring with an impressive 28 and Whitear hitting 16 before being stumped chasing a big hit. Terry and Galpin brought The Blades home as they amassed a healthy total of 124 for 3
Museums wasted no time chasing down the big target, their number two in particular thwacking 25 by the fourth over. His retirement brought the most complicated ball in Blades history – on 24, he hit a big shot and the batsmen went for a second run. The number one, however, was run out as he failed to ground his bat. As the Blades celebrated, the umpire signalled a no ball, and Museums called their number two batsmen back in. Answers of how to write all that in the book on a postcard please…
Museums were chasing the total hard, hitting boundaries and running well, and were 40-1 in the fourth. A catch by Richardson behind the stumps brought the second wicket but Museums were still scoring quickly, and by halfway were 61-3, halfway to their target.
The bowling change saw Meering and Terry in the attack and the rate plummeted as the King of Sping and The Barrier turned the screw. By the end the 16th, the end of their spell, Museums needed 26 from the last two overs. In the end the total proved just too much, and Museums closed their innings on 109 for 5, giving The Blades a second victory on the bounce.
RESULT: The Blades WIN by 15 runs
Champagne moment contenders:
Hamer’s 27 not out
Meering and Terry closing down the batting
The impossible-to-score “Everything Ball”