The cancelling of the Mount Hawke game was a
fair disappointment for all concerned, as bright days with reasonable
amounts of sunshine were experienced on either side. No such problems
with the weather this day though.
West End went in first - it's academic whether we won the toss or not
- and found it reasonably hard going from the word go. Tours
notoriously take it our of us and 2003 as no exception. Most of the
had work takes place in the bar, not on the field and as dedicated
followers of WECC's fortunes will undoubtedly know we had no cricket
yesterday against Mount Hawke. Most men got started but failed to pass
fifteen. In fact, no man made more than five scoring shots. But the
total at least got going and although wickets fell with familiar
regularity we made 88 for seven before our guest went in.
R. Miller faced his clubmates who probably thought here's one for the
taking. Then he scored a four. He found it another nine times
(including a six) on his way to a nice half-century. That was where he
stopped too, exactly on the fifty when he fell to a fairly easy catch.
He was joined at one stage by Matt Oliver on his second innings of the
innings - his previous time out in the field as opening batsman where
he scored 10. He was rather peeved that he couldn't match that second
time around. We managed to see out our allotted 40 overs with the help
of our twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth men. As Perranporth were
willing to put up a side for us so we weren't too bothered about them
dictating the rules to us.
Perranporth batted after a fantastic tea and started a bit better than
us. On our side was Chris Martin - another gift from the home side -
who was the scourge of his team-mates. He removed both openers plus
Lockett a little later. We had to take him off, and he finished with
three for six - and two of those were wides! A couple of other
"guests" assisted our cause, taking most of the wickets too. Only
Beefy managed any wickets, some dogged floaters garnering him three
for 27, a good recovery after the first two overs.
The fifty came up after sixteen overs and the hundred just eight overs
later - an over that realised 16 runs. Thankfully, we clamped the home
side right down to about two an over ensuring a win - at all costs!