The Agnes Chaps arrived at the Royal Victoria Fields knowing that a win would keep them in the hunt for a top of the table finish – something that has been rare over the past seasons.
Sam Appleton was in, then out, then in as a wicket keeper and then out as a wicket keeper before being able to bat and bowl. Sam Moore forgot once again that he was playing and if not for the manager’s phone call intervention, he would still be battling with a tough gate post. Skipper Robbie Norman returned to the starting XI. Will Watts was watching a women’s Hundred game in Leeds and the Flame was at a speed awareness course in Withernsea.
Agnes won the toss and decided to have a bat. Charlie Watts opened up with Tom Norman after an impressive display on Tuesday. The two lads started well; with Charlie Watts in his unusual dipping stance and nudging and nerdling the ball to all parts – proving once again that if he played Saturday cricket, he could be a very handy player. On this sun baked wicket, the ball was gripping and ragging and runs were proving hard to come by. Charlie Watts 30 and Will Norman’s 26 helped Agnes post a competitive 96 – 6. 90 looked like a par score and with the 2 Drury’s and the 2 Schmeichel-Walgate’s in the opposition – this looked like it would be a classic.
Things started perfectly for NDO with Jordan Zamunda banging the ball in at a hungry Alec Drury. The Agnes then returned to the basics and kept things tight. Boynton Albert (uncle of Belgium footballer Philippe Albert) stopped a certain 4 with some electric fielding and Mark Beckett was folded up like a deck chair after stopping a ball. Tom Norman picked up 3-12, Ollie Becketts removed 1 Drury and JordanZamunda removed the other and with Sam App bowling very similar to Jasprit Bumrah it meant the NDO fell short posting 68-8.
Charlie Watts was awarded the port moment for his batting display and direct hit. It also annoyed his brother Will which brought a warm smile to everyone’s face. Brothers Will and Rob Norman finally raced 2 slices of Manor Courts finest pizza. Bookies favourite, Skipper Rob Norman coming out victorious. It is with regret to report that the skipper did wake up in a pool of blood and it is looking likely that he suffered a mild stroke during the night.