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Friday, June 23, 2006

Game 9 - Harden (Away)

Date - Saturday 17th June 2006

A short Match report this week as disappointment is blocking much of the game out.

If catches had been held by the Ilkley lads... ?

Captain Quaife WON (yes, won!) the toss and chose to bowl on the small Harden ground. Rhodesy and Dickie both bowled good opening spells particularly Dickie whose first 32 balls didn't go for a single run!

Rhodesy got the first wicket with a superb piece of fast bowling, making the Harden opener look like a real mug!

Other highlights from the bowling and fielding were Jay Zee picking up a superb 17.1 - 3 - 40 - 6 (Yes that would be a sixfor Captain Pedantic!), Bails taking a good catch and a great run out by Jo 'Lager' Varley - the People's Choice for Champagne Moment!

Harden had a late flurry at the end of their innings and managed to creep above two hundred eventually finishing 206 all out.

The Ilkley innings again got off to a shocker with Santy getting caught 2nd ball. Bails and Cocky did what they do best and steadied the ship before Bails was caught with the score on 62, Wheels looked the part as soon as he was in, quickly getting to the mid-twenties before he was out to one that rose sharply. Cocky was batting well at his end and playing some excellent shots and the ICC lads were hoping he could carry his bat but alas it was not to be as he was decieved by the spinner and bowled for 33. With the score on 114 Guppy and Paul again found themselves batting with each other and the score ticked along nicely until Gup was stumped off the Ginger Whinger for 15.

Rhodesy received a white hot reception from the Harden fielders and spectators but did well to block it out and got to 14 quickly before being caught. With 8 overs left and 154 on the board Dickie at first secured 2 points and then nudged Paul along to quieten the opposition and get close toward victory. With 4 overs left and just 32 needed, Dickie played a big shot straight down the ground only to be held by a good catch right on the edge. With that went any hope of victory and Lager batted well to secure the losing draw whilst The Hustler carried his bat for a thoroughly well deserved 52.

So heads were down after the game but the lads should not lose heart. No-one has yet outplayed us yet and for a few catches being held and a bit of composure out in the middle The ICC could quite easily be 8 points better off.

Next up Colton at home, COME ON THE ICC!

Thanks once again to Brian for the fantastic pictures - they really make the Match Report.


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