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Another deeply disappointing performance with the bat saw us crumple to 83. Better than last week, but that’s not saying much.
Drawn at home but playing at Rockbourne, who were kind enough to hire us their pitch when it turned out the league could not accommodate the Dam Fine Affair on our home ground.
Marcus thought it would be a batting track – a 220-260 wicket, he declared it. (Sure, we’d have declared on that.) It certainly looked good, and the weather – hottest day of the year – made it a dead cert bat-first day. But the ball soon began to misbehave on what had looked a hard flat surface, leaping, popping and cutting in off a length.
We can’t keep blaming the wickets, and the fact is we did not adapt well or quickly enough: we simply did not bat well enough, regardless of the pitch.
The Brock openers felt the spite of the surface (one in particular hitting the shoulder of the bat off a length and looping to Marky H in close on the leg) and they were 10-2 in short order, maidens piling up to keep the scoreboard static for a while. And for that while we looked very in it. But their three and four stayed in, persevered watchfully, and put the loose balls away – the basic things we failed to do.
Still look on the bright side: the hottest game of cricket we’ve had for years under a pitiless sun with neither cloud nor breeze: it was at least over quickly.