All good fun at the Mercer & Hole vs Tollers Solicitors cricket match
On Thursday night Mercer & Hole returned to the cricket field against Tollers Solicitors looking to continue on from their impressive campaign in 2013. The venue was set and the new Mercer & Hole branded baseball caps were at the ready. The contest took place at Great Oakley Cricket Club in Corby. The stage was set, Tollers were put into bat on a sunny evening, would the cricket live up to the stunning weather, the next couple of hours would tell.
Jack Reyland and Chris Dennell opened the bowling for Mercer & Hole, both keeping a tight line putting the batsman under pressure. Daniel McCloskey entered the fray and he duly delivered with a wicket, removing one of the top order batsman with a straight delivery sending the bails flying!!! Chris Geaney’s ball was nicked by the new batsman, surely this was a second wicket for Mercer & Hole. NOOO, Peter Godfrey Evans, surrenders a simple catch! Chris’ head dropped in disgust, he was not best impressed. A number of wayward overs followed, handing easy runs to the opposition, Alberto Di Lorenzo, Tom Guthrie and Bradley Smith the main culprits. Bradley Smith’s bowling action was under scrutiny, with the International Cricket Council set to look into the claims. Gary Farnes saw the opportunity to stamp his authority of the game and took it with two wickets, clean bowling both batsman in quick succession. The run rate had slowed with a few overs remaining. Up stepped Michael Rogers, who had been sunning himself in the outfield for the past 15 overs. This was his moment, would he take it and bring Mercer & Hole back into the game that was slowly drifting away into the beautiful evening. GONE, a brilliant caught and bowled made to look easy. Tollers finished with very respectable figures of 144-4 after 20 overs.
With a slow outfield, the pressure was on. A quick start was needed from Mercer & Hole to put the opposition on the back foot. Peter Godfrey Evans and Tom Guthrie opened the batting. The first ball was smacked to the boundary rope for 4 and the Mercer & Hole contingent were hopeful. Disaster struck next ball, with Tom Guthrie being clean balled. Mercer & Hole were steadily moving along at four an over, with the required run rate increasing taking the game slowly away. Mercer & Hole supporters were cheering on, but there was a distinct lack of running with wickets tumbling. Hesitation between Alberto Di Lorenzo and Peter Godfrey-Evans led to a woeful run out, Mercer & Hole desperately needed to build a partnership. Alberto Di Lorenzo had once again failed with the bat and his selection will no doubt be discussed by the selectors. Chris Dennell joined Peter Godfrey-Evans at the crease and both eventually retired after reaching 25 runs each, with Peter Godfrey-Evans hitting a massive six into the grandstands. Within no time, Michael Rogers and Bradley Smith were at the crease. A calm head was needed to steady the innings after the loss of five wickets and a number of dot balls followed. Running between the wicket were picking up with the youthful members of the squad at the crease. Bradley Smith introduced a new batting technique, holding the willow at waist height. It paid off, he was not out at the end of the innings even after risking injury running into the stumps. Michael Rogers hit a number of quick fire boundaries to reach 25 not out, but the run rate was well behind target, with 30 needed off the last over with one of Tollers better bowlers set to return. Mercer & Hole eventually fell short, scoring 124-5 after 20 overs. Did the drop catch by Peter Godfrey-Evans cost Mercer & Hole the game? The debate will rumble on.
Overall it was a well fought game by both sides reflected by the score and was enjoyed by all.
Finally, a big thank you to our hosts for a great evening of cricket and also to those who made the trip down to support us.
Date: 16th June, 2014
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