With low numbers of Wizards at the ground on time, Drone took on the role of team tosser for the second week running – and proved incompetent at that – with Poynton choosing to bat.
One win away from the play-offs, Captain Schettino returned from his Caribbean adventure to marshall the troops. The calm no-nonsense captaincy of Larry a distant memory as the field was manoeuvred and manipulated after every delivery.
Cantankerous (0-17) opened the bowling with Clarkey (1-18), Clarkey particularly unlucky to see one catch evade Unit who jumped like a 2-year old (where the legs bend and the feet don’t leave the ground) and Eminem who appeared to refuse a catch running from mid-wicket.
Schettino couldn’t help tinkering and split the openers spells, introducing Archie’s Pie Chucking and and his own variation of off spin. Archies first pie disappeared quicker than one on Rochdale’s plate and his first two overs went for 20 as Poynton passed 50 for the loss of 1 wicket in the ninth over. Archie finished with a creditable 1-31 after that start and Schettino (1-25) saw his final over go for 12 as Poynton threatened a big score.
Then came Larry, his four overs going for 6 runs with four wickets to his name in what was an outstanding performance. He was backed up well by Clarkey and Cantankerous finishing off their spells with the last 8 overs going for just 24 runs leaving Wizards with a run chase of 101.
With news of the potential victory, injured Wizards – Betty (thigh) and the Administrator (Achilles) -came to spectate. Apparently, had he been fit, Administrator could have been representing Cheshire Over 50’s (something he has been trying to keep quiet).
One of the back stories of tonight’s game was some family rivalry. Recent signing Eminem, part of our youth policy, found himself competing against his brother. Having seen his older sibling make 2 for Poynton, Eminem rose to the occasion, racing to 33 when opening with Mants (13) who seemed exhausted by the youngsters ability to turn ones in to twos.
Legend (23n.o) came in at three and maintained high tempo running between the wickets – mainly because he couldn’t reach the boundary, whilst Clarkey (27) hit some lusty blows before trying to reach his thirty and win the game with a big shot and when the wicket keeper whipped the bails off the junior umpire gave him the finger forcing Larry (2n.o) to the crease to wrap things up.
So a comfortable 8 wicket victory with top all round performances from Larry and Clarkey, typical tinkering from Schettino and Eminem proving that Cable-Ties top contribution to the team was snaring the right Mason brother. Once you are on page one of the spread-sheet you don’t escape.