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
Your normal correspondent was unable to attend this 20-over game, but according to the official scorebook, this is the tale of the tape….
Blades batted first and made 103 for 5
St Giles batted second and made 104 for 6
RESULT: St Giles WIN by 4 wickets
Champagne moment contenders:
Meering‘s volley on the boundary
The weather forecast had been promising heavy rain on Wednesday but only a few showers earlier in the day materialised, and by 6pm the clouds were clearing ready for this 20-over clash on the Sporty’s top postage stamp. Shirley batted first Continue reading Report – Wed 13th July vs Shirley AWAY
The day before, the weather forecast had been for rain all day, but incredibly it was a glorious sunny evening for the first home fixture of the season. Continue reading Report – Wed 6th June vs Museums home
For the first time this season, and probably last season and the season before, there was a full compliment of eleven blades on show as we gathered at North Walls to take on Winchester Hospital. Continue reading Report – Wed 25th May vs Winchester away
A bright and sunny evening in Winchester was the setting for The Blades opening fixture of the year. 16 overs were decided upon and The Blades batted first.