Windhill & Daisy Hill 150/7 (36.5 overs)
Ryan Holdsworth 79
Daniel Brooke-Mawson 4-28
Hunslet Nelson 148/7 (40 overs)
Phil Mansfield 59
Ryan Holdsworth 3-35
Windhill & Daisy Hill won by 3 wickets
After narrowly escaping defeat last time out, the seconds welcomed Hunslet Nelson to fortress hill, in what was a must win encounter for both sides. With Hunslet Nelson struggling early doors much like ourselves, both sides were searching for a morale boosting victory. Ben, Daz and Sedge made a welcome return to the XI, alongside new recruit Danny Rose in what was a strong side. The conditions were decent and after winning the toss, Scouse decided to put Hunslet in to bat first.
Scouse and Taff opened up, the latter after impressing at Sandal last week after returning to the side. The Hunslet Nelson openers looked determined to stick it out though, and got through a testing opening spell of bowling, with some lofty blows being struck particularly by D Brooke-Mawson who was looking to be the aggressor. Ryan was quickly introduced, and it was his introduction which sparked life into the bowling. With both ends being tied down, a risky single saw Mawn (15) run out by gun fielder and elder statesman Bryan Greenwood, a bullet throw to Crabbie who did the rest. A couple of balls later, and Brooke-Mawson (23) looked to crack one but could only find Shaun at deep mid-wicket who took a fine running catch. With both openers sent back, the lads looked to crack on, but were met with stubborn resistance in the form of the opposition skipper, who single handedly took the attack to the bowlers, hitting boundary after boundary, albeit sometimes unconventional. With a big score looming, it took a big catch from Ben to dismiss the set skipper Mansfield (59) who looked destined for a big score. That wicket saw the scoring rate dramatically decrease, and the wickets fall quickly, as Hendry (18) was uprooted by a top ball from Sedge, with Sanderson (2) following soon after bowled by Ryan. Wicket of the day though fell to Sedge, who took an incredible return catch to dismiss Lyons (1) off his own bowling. The shock from the lads seemed to filter through to the batting side who decided to play zero further attacking shots lest they be taken by SuperSedge, with the exception of T Brooke-Mawson (11) who Ben claimed as his only scalp in his 2 overs. Hunslet Nelson finished on 148, a score they were probably disappointed with in the end, particularly as they were 118-2 at one point with plenty of overs to play with.
With a reasonable chase on offer, Taff and Ryan came out to open up and immediately began making inroads into a reasonable target. Boundaries were on offer aplenty to begin with, with Ryan in particular punishing anything with width or down leg. Taff doing his best Usain Bolt impression made running between the wickets look a breeze as he more often than not sauntered down the wicket for a single, almost being run out on a few occasions. In the end though, a solid opening partnership was ended when Taff (11) scooped one up and was comfortably caught. That wicket saw Ben come to the crease, and he immediately set about some ordinary bowling, smacking a couple of boundaries immediately. After smashing a six into the fences, Ben (14) went for one big shot too many and was comprehensively bowled next ball, which sparked the beginning of the infamous Windhill & Daisy Hill mid-order collapse/panic. Jack (1) hit one straight back to the bowler first ball after drinks, and after initially looking good, Daz (7) played on to a sharp one from the impressive D Brooke-Mawson. Shaun came out at 6, looking to see the game home with Ryan who was now well set and had past 50. With Ryan feeling the pace, and his ankles taking a beating, he started to open up and play some aggressive strokes, finding the boundary more often. Shaun (5) settled in too, seeing off some tight bowling, but was then undone by by a good yorker from Brooke-Mawson who was now on a one man mission to win this game for Hunslet Nelson. Ryan (79) fell soon after that, and when Danny (0) went for a scratchy duck, the lads were beginning to fear the worse. Those fears were soon alleyed though as Crabbie and Scouse took us through a tricky situation and saw us home with plenty of overs to spare. A few sighs and a big win to boot!
After a difficult couple of weeks, this was a well deserved victory for the boys. Strong efforts all round with just a few areas to focus on. A weeks break now and then the return game with Gildersome awaits, where hopefully no further brawls break out mid-game.