Second bottom v clear league leaders should have been a mismatch but in a shock, as big as the one at Grange CC a few weeks back, the mighty 3s came out victorious
We went into the game missing 120+ years of experience – yup Bunker and Davies were out. Bunker sunning it up in Spain and Davies with the legitimate excuse of his daughter’s wedding. Can you imagine the father of the bride speech ?! But we had our schoolboys, Abbey, Talbot, Martin, Maclean and Mullin and our uni-boys Mawdsley with Macdonald making his 3s debut. How refreshing to see all this young talent playing.
Dunbar won the toss and decided to bowl on a usual looking Craiglockhart wicket. It was tricky to find an opening partner (both Mawdsley jnr and Macdonald politely declined – at least GWC taught them good manners if little else) So it was the trusty pairing of Counsell and Sinclair who trudged out to the middle. If memory serves me right it was the first time they had opened since GWC 1st XI in 1985. It was like they had never been apart with “Happy” Sinclair swatting the ball to all parts and Counsell scratching his way around and making the most of a couple of drops. The openers managed to put on more than their combined age before David’s controversial LBW decision against Happy who made a welcome 56. Mawdsley Snr arrived at the crease and played some lovely shots from the get go, especially a couple off the tricky Dunbar spinner.
Counsell was finally bowled for 73 and Mawdsely, Glover and Macdonald saw us to 199. Certainly a total we could defend on the Craiglockhart surface.
Xander entertained us at tea with classic gags like what’s the fastest food – SCONE – and as last week they did go fast – delicious.
So to Dunbar’s response. We were a little fearful of the Dunbar opener who is an ex-County 2s player and has been scoring runs for fun. No such outcome for the 3s though as Xander tempted him in to a mistimed pull in the second over and followed that up with a caught and bowled of their number 3. It’s fair to see it all went a bit pear shaped from there with too many loose deliveries as the opener and no 4 batted well to get to 107 after 13 overs.
And then Magic Mike MacLean started to make things happen. He was ably supported by Tommy Mullin and 107 for 2 soon became 122 for 5 as Magic whirled his leggies and the batsman kept lobbing catches to our fielders. Our catching was excellent and probably was the difference between the teams. A good partnership followed and at 155 for 5, our supporter and mad keen cricket follower Graeme Martin gave up the ghost and headed off to do some gardening. Ye of little faith…. Magic took another, finishing with 4 for 58 and Cazj showed that Ellie has really helped him with his fielding and he certainly was on his toes with a lightning piece of work to run out the no 8. It was 155 for 7.
The Dunbar no 7 batted really nicely but Mullin and Martin finished it off with the final three wickets and Dunbar ending on 174. Tom finishing with figures of 8 overs 2 for 17 to keep up his fine form.
A great win against the league leaders and our 100% home record remains intact.
Man of the match for his crucial wickets was Magic Mike, closely followed by Xander for his two key wickets, Tom for his fine couple of spells and Happy for batting so well and bowling his 5 overs off one leg.
Is promotion a dream ?