The Magnificent Sixes © continued their 2016 campaign with a home game against Rush in the Park.
The usual Dads and Lads team were more like Dads Army for this fixture with few youths available for one reason or another. Conversely Rush fielded a very young side bolstered by some of their very successful youths teams of recent years.
There was some inter-team discussion pre toss about what we would do, Skipper wanted to bat, listened carefully to all differing views, won the toss and batted. Skipper and Tom Walker opened and whilst not scoring many runs (Skipper making Chris Tavare look like Viv Richards) used up some of the opening bowling which when good was very good but also saw JD Extras clock up a few runs.
After Skipper, Tom and Emmet departed Callum O’Byrne and Ronan Harris tried to push on and had us at 60 for 3 at drinks, which then quickly became 80 for 3 and then even quicker became 84 for 7, tea at home looked a possibility. Enter Rehan Quareshi and Harry Fay who held the ship together, making runs and also forcing JD Extras to ratchet it up a bit, including the rare 5 penalty runs for hitting the keepers helmet.
The score ticked on nicely and surprisingly given where we were we finished on 147 for 9 with Extras top scoring with 45, Ronan Harris 22 and Callum O’Byrne 19 being the other notables though Rehan and Harry deserve great credit also.
Rush replied with their all youth top order and to be fair were quickly on top despite the best efforts of Ronan and Abdullah Tariq. Each of the Rush batsmen played their shots and we struggled to break through though Rehan eventually removed one of the openers followed by Jonathan Ebbs (who was solid all day as keeper) stumping the other one off Tom Walker. Abdullah Tariq bowled a good spell from the Road end and was eventually rewarded but ultimately Rush pushed on for a comfortable 7 wicket win.
In summary we always looked a bit short (& old !) when we appraised the teams at the start and this proved correct. The young Rush team were solid in all facets of the game and run out deserving winners.