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July 13 2019 - Godshill - Away - 1pm
Damerham 200-5 beat Godshill 135-10 by 65 runs
06 - 2 - 14 - 4
07 - 0 - 25 - 1
04 - 1 - 14 - 1
08 - 1 - 33 - 2
05 - 0 - 22 - 0
02 - 0 - 20 - 1
There were two really important cricket matches this weekend. (Apparently there was some other sport happening as well, but let’s gloss over that.) Both matches pitted two old rivals with long standing friendships and close-fought histories against each other. Both genuine 50/50 shouts at the toss.
It’s very rare that we go out on the field with a plan. Usually we don’t even have a pl. (‘Friends’ reference for you there, sports fans.)
Generally we don’t know the side we’re playing against, so you can’t really have a plan. They’re usually just another opponent. We might remember the odd batsman who scored heavily against us however many years ago, or the bowler who was sharp, or turned it, or whatever, but not enough to have even the beginnings of a genuine plan. Just go out and play, see what happens.
Godshill are a side we know. Actually know. Some are acquaintances, some are good friends, but we know them all, how they play, what they’re capable of. And we had an actual plan. And it actually worked.
We were at Breamore instead of Godshill’s home ground because they had gypsies camping on their field. The pitch was an odd one, and not like how we remember it – grassy, but not slow; very bouncy, almost tennis ball. And it turned. Not as quick, but it was almost like the indoor nets at Hurn. That bouncy. Quite unusual.
We lost the toss and were put in to bat. Lew and Rob didn’t have their most fun time up top, but not disastrous. We know that Godshill’s opening pair of Jonny and Jordan are quick and decent, and they chipped away at a few vital overs of their best attack.
Ben and H came together for an 80 partnership that set up the game. H was dropped at least three times (maybe a few more, depending how you define ‘drop’) and made the most of it. Chris had a confident looking knock, and Tim, in his first game of the season after a back injury, looked like he’d never been away, and hit the last ball of the innings for four to get us up to the magic 200 and maximum batting points.
Plan: save Ben to bowl at Coops. I opened with Rob, the plan being I bowl until first wicket, and then get Ben to bowl as many balls as possible at Coops, back of a length but not short, don’t give him anything to cut or drive, boundary riders everywhere. And it worked. It actually worked. Ben bowled beautifully, didn’t give Jase anything to drive or clip off his pads to get going, and eventually cleaned him up with one that jagged back in to kiss the bails. It was genuinely like how they bang on about ‘executing your plans’ in big boy’s grown up cricket.
We all bowled well. Tim with great control to keep the run rate down, H put in a customarily miserly spell, and Ben gave Jonny a nasty badge on the sternum from a ball that leapt off a length.
Rob’s first spell of 0-13 off 5 was pretty decent, but his second spell 4-1 off 8 balls to wrap up the game was a bit special. Even in that, he managed some skilful jug-avoidance: the hat-trick ball going begging, only for the next to claim a wicket. The last came as Jordan Ponting, who’d put up spirited resistance, skied a swirler to long off.
He wasn’t the only jug avoider though.
Captain H-Dog, in imperious form, is so desperate not to jug-up that for the second week running he contrived to fall in the 90s. He had a faultless game as captain as well, with a well executed plan, and a clinical 24 point win against our old friend/foes.
A cracking weekend with two really great games of cricket, both serving to remind us just how good this game can be when played as hard as you can against an opponent you like and respect and really really want to beat. Well played, cricket.