The last week of August – bank holiday week – saw The Blades don their whites and their baggy Blues for the final time this season. Continue reading REPORT – Wed 29th August vs OMCC AWAY
The long hot summer is starting to fade now as we approach the end of August but there is still a bit of cricket left in the year, and this week saw once of the more thrilling matches of the season. Continue reading REPORT – Wed 22nd August vs Shirley AWAY
Having driven through the picturesque village of Crawley, the Blades knew they were in for a good evening of cricket. Continue reading REPORT – Wed 25th July vs Crawley AWAY
Following the return of Moradi on tour last month, the retro feel to the season continued at this 20-over clash Continue reading REPORT – Wed 18th July vs Brookfeild HOME
This week, a special treat. Not only is the King of Sping; he’s also the Don of Tellinguswhatsgoingon. Continue reading REPORT – Thu 12th July vs Vine AWAY
Last week’s disappointing cancellation was long forgotten as The Blades returned to the grownup size pitch at the Sporty on a warm, sunny summer night. Continue reading REPORT Wed 5th July vs Shirley AWAY
On the hottest, longest day of the year The Blades gathered at the Sporty for this away fixture vs NOC. Continue reading REPORT Wed 21st June 2017 vs NOC AWAY
The first day of a new season, the first game in a new home for The Blades as we headed up (or down in GT’s case, or across for the Badger) to Winchester and our new Fortress North Walls. Continue reading REPORT Wed 3rd May 2017 vs St Giles HOME
For the last match of the summer, the Blades trudged up the huge climb to the Sporty’s top postage stamp where NOCS awaited them. Conditions were pleasant, and 18 overs of cricket began with the Badger winning the toss and electing to field. Continue reading REPORT Wed 17th Aug vs NOCS AWAY
A cracking match that saw the Blades giving Winchester hospital (batting first) absolutely nothing for free with some miserly bowling backed up by tight fielding. They scraped their way to 92 for 5 off 20 overs which for a long time looked like being a lot lower (don’t worry, I won’t mention the over where you got battered Martyn…….. oops!).
Fear not! He quickly made amends for the over that we’ll never mention again with a classic White Ears batting performance, pinging the ball to all corners and rattling up a quick 25. The run rate slowed due to accurate bowling and an unhelpful pitch but the Blades look comfortable throughout despite the occasional wicket falling. When Farmer/Farmski/Cinz/Cinzano retired for his 25, the Blades only needed around 3 per over from the last 6. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, a lack of runs and more wickets left us staring down the barrel. With, I think, 12 needed from the last two overs. A fine boundary from Paul before getting bowled kept us in touch and then Captain Newport did likewise towards the end of the last over. The scores were tied with one delivery to come and Lowey recalled all the footballing skill from his youth to kick it about 2 yards and GT (already halfway down the track) scampered home for a glorious victory from a leg bye. Blades made a total of 93 for 4 and win by 1 run. Or however many wickets we had left, 4 I think.
The kicker to this is that throughout much of the Blades match we had the extremely unusual site of Andy Lowe doing the scoring. Yes, you read that right. And for some time I kept hearing him sounding not completely sure of the score “Is it 60 or 61. Or 62?” And other such mutterings. Who knows, maybe it was a draw after all, a win before the drama or in fact we actually lost. I’ll let Andy shed some light on that.
RESULT: Blades WIN by 4 wickets (or thereabouts)
Champagne moment contenders:
Terry running the wrong way when the ball was hit to him.
Comical run out involving 4 of our fielders.
Whitear M’s 28 not out