The mighty Calmore Sports A travelled to OT’s & Romsey B looking to make it six wins in a row and keep ourselves well in contention of the league title. Romsey were one place below us in the Border League Division 1 ladder and boasted both the leading run scorer and leading wicket taker within their side, so it was never going to be an easy ride. True to form skipper Lavelle lost the toss and was asked to bat on what looked a fairly hard track with the delight of some very small boundaries which looked to intentionally promote a high scoring game.
With the boundary size in mind and Mark Archer unavailable, Lavelle decided to open with himself and Dave ‘Boom Boom’ Brandes in order to pursue a good positive start. Sadly this was not meant to be as Boom Boom succumbed to the shear pace of Regional South West 87 stalwart Barney Hayes - I am still in disbelief how he can bowl the ball as slow as he does. This brought Ben ‘I’m phoning Mum now Tom’ Perry to the crease who needed some runs to regain some confidence.
The lack of pace of the openers meant the ball was hard to get away early on with Lavelle playing some disgusting heaves and slogs which would have Gunner Lav having kittens if he bared witness to them. One rank shot too many saw Lavelle put out of his misery and caught at cow (not like him!!) for 19 also off the bowling of Barney - legend! This brought Vann to the crease who had pied off some college work to come and power some lusty blows around Romsey of which he did with some pleasure, scoring a quickfire 25 to keep the momentum going.
With Pez continuing to nurdle the ball around, it allowed the big hitters to play around him. However Will McKenzie then upped the anti of his own innings playing some great shots and finding the boundary on his way to a well crafted 57 before being ran out by the handsome Steve Dunn who just loves running. With some exceptional running and power hitting Calmore muscled their way up to 145-8 off 18 overs. Special thanks must go to The Goat, who was down to bat at 8 but due to both of our lack of tekkers on the book, he was the forgotten man.
Perhaps all that time without a tab had got to Goat, as he let the first ball of Romsey’s innings through his legs not helping as Calmore were looking to apply early pressure to make the run rate soar. Luke ‘5 shots cos your Harry please’ Johnson and the returning James Rose bowled superbly early on and despite not taking wickets they had kept Romsey to six an over for the first 10 which in itself was a good achievement due to the boundary sizes.
With pace off the ball seeming the way to go, Lavelle brought himself on to operate alongside Perry who was bowling his Swanny’s at the other end. The smash needed to be on for Romsey and this helped Calmore in making constant breakthroughs with Lavelle bowling his usual nagging line which Woody would be proud, picking up three wickets including danger man Longland, who was stumped excellently by Dunny. Calm and measured fielding resulted in two run outs, meaning the ghost was up for Romsey in their chase as Calmore took wickets at crucial times.
George Woodhall was handed the last over and despite his best efforts, Calmore eased over the line by 21 runs. A great win against a tough opponent. Like some weeks not all players contribute but it must be known that their availability and presence does not go unnoticed - so thanks to those lads who got fresh yesterday for turning out. Also thanks to the B Man for his umpiring services.
Team: Lavelle*, Brandes, Perry, Vann, Rose, Dunn+, Proudley, Garnder, Galbraith, Woodhall, Johnson.
Batting Performances: Ben Perry 57, Darren Vann 25, Mark Lavelle 19
Bowling: Luke Johnson 5-0-34-0. James Rose 5-0-25-0. Mark Lavelle 4-0-23-3. Ben Perry 3-0-23-0. George Woodhall 1-0-17-0. Run Outs: Paul Proudly & Luke Johnson.
Moment of the day: An 8 strong Wolfpack tearing up Bedford Place, with Tom Perry lost in battle and resembling a giraffe, Luke Johnson severely pesting, Brenton Allan searching for some dancing ability, and AJ Hargreaves no where to be seen!
Roll on East Tytherley next week!