Agnes welcomed top of the league Grindale on an overcast but hot evening at the Royal Victoria Fields.
Many Agnes chaps were unavailable. Sam Moore has caught his foot in a lawn mower ruling him out. Jordan Zamunda was busy being a tourist and was holidaying in London. And Skipper Rob Norman is still in Hull Royal ICU. Worryingly, it is still touch and go whether or not the roof of his mouth will recover sufficiently for him to eat properly again following last week’s pizza disaster – Bad news for the skipper but excellent news for Judge McGivern and all the staff at Manor Court.
Watching on from a live stream in his hospital bed, the skipper called heads which was correct with the skipper chosing to bat. Will Watts and Will Norman opened the batting. Will Norman was soon back in the hutch having feathered one to the keeper. Will Watts and Tom Norman got things going until Will Watts was maliciously run out. Sam Wragg looked good for his 19 until he tried one big shot too many. Wickets continued to tumble. Tom Norman then managed to run out Charlie Watts making it two from two. Tom was seen winking towards Marley Ward when a deflated Charlie Watts was walking of the pitch. Richard Watts and the Manager have said that a thorough investigation of this matter will take place before the next game. Both Tom and Marley have been suspended indefinitely.
Tom Norman batted as well as he ever has done on the Agnes track and it looked like he was going to finally get the monkey off his back of scoring a 50 at the famous ground. He however ended up being caught and bowled for 36. Agnes limped to 92.
Grindale’s reply got off to a flyer – Pick and Jackson smoking the ball to all parts. This was until The Flame added first Pick and then Jackson into his back pocket. The Flame is quickly becoming the Agnes’ go to man for all situations.
Wickets continued to tumble thanks to Ollie Becketts and it was becoming tight. Edmunson and Robinson, unfortunately for Agnes, saw Grindale over the line. Port moment was awarded to Mark Beckett for catching a brilliant skier. Sam Wragg claiming, “I’ve lost me house” when the ball wasn’t shelled.