1XI vs Emsworth
The halfway stage of the season had arrived and the team were all set up for their home encounter against Emsworth.
After the dismal day we faced last weekend the team were keen to get back to winning ways.
Team news- Peter Hodgson had opted for another trip to Bournemouth, this time with his better half after enjoying the journey last week down there. Both Hellings senior and junior were on board and news had filtered down from the HCL that the skipper would face a spell of three weeks on the sidelines following an unsavoury incident in the match last week.
The skipper released a statement following the news saying “ Apologies for my involvement in what was a sad incident at Bransgore last week, whilst it’s my duty to remain responsible for my team, its also crucial to protect them, therefore, rules are rules and I accept the sanctions”
“I wish the side the very best in the coming weeks and thank Aidy Green for stepping into my shoes, someone I know will continue to lead the side to the highest standards “
So with the team fully prepared, Aidy won the toss and chose to have a bowl first in what may have seemed to be a strange decision on what looked like a very good wicket.
The plan started superbly well, Achie was the man who started proceedings and it was in the 3rd over which saw the Emsworth skipper launch a full toss to cow corner, Alfie Hellings who was occupying this position and what looked like a certain 6, made his way around the boundary and unbelievably plucked the ball out of the air!!!
Rob Frome was the other man with the new ball as he was granted more overs under his belt this week. He was unlucky not to snare an early wicket in his spell, but achie managed to pick up the second seeing the visitors at 27-2.
A tidy partnership of 50 saw the south coast side rebuild but the inclusion of Scott and Kyran soon had Odiham back in the driving seat, Scott finding the edge of the number 5 and kyran eventually getting rid of the opener for 43.
Becky and Sat Nav were bought in during the late stages and they continued their fine forms with 1-40 and 2-39 in their full allocations to see Emsworth falter at 148-8, including another superb catch, this time from Scott and short cover!
Achie was the star man with the ball that day as he returned at the end to wrap the innings up, finishing with 4-27 and Emsworth had set us 186.
After the delights of a Sally Mcgaughrin tea the boys and girls were in fine spirits as we set about the task in hand.
It had been well documented in previous weeks that we struggle to chase low scores so we had hoped to do this in a professional manner.
Liam and Achie set about the run chase and the tourist continued in his usual manner, dispatching early boundaries as Liam held his own against some hostile bowling at the start. Liam wore a few, one cracking his rib but he showed no mercy in a gutsie innings.
Achie was adjudged lbw for 27 with the score 40-1 and kyran made his way to the crease.
Upon knowing that there was an 18th birthday party going on at the club that evening, kyran went like the clappers early doors and looked in fine form for his quick fire 42 before he was out lbw, giving him time to shower and spruce up in hope of a good evening
The ever reliable Zach entered at 4 and continued to tick the scoreboard over with Liam who, had amazingly found the boundary a few times before he was dismissed for 37 off 109 balls.
A slight wobble in the game meant Odiham were 148-4 when alfie went soon after for 1.
The skipper Aidy Green set about sticking around with Zach but was spectacularly caught at slip for 3.
Zach continued to go down fighting and it was his impressive 54 not out that guided Odiham to a 5 wicket victory and we had safely bagged 23 points.
Next up is a visit to Odiham for 3rd place Redlynch with the league table still very much in the balance.
By Phil Thomas