17th June 2018
Overcast, high, dark clouds with the threat of sunshine. Wicket soft. 35 overs each.
Winning the toss the hosts elected to bat…play commenced in the absence of our opening bowler, who, having attended two 21st birthday parties the day before, took the scenic route to the pitch, stopping to feed the wildlife. Will Townsend took up the reins and opened from the pavilion end with Tom Carlyle supporting from the road end. The soft pitch not helping anything short of a length.
Will Townsend had chances in every over, Bamburgh swinging hard from the off. The best chance came in the 3rd over, a steepling top edge to mid off, poorly misjudged by the skipper. Tom Carlyle, on Borderers debut, bowled left arm off breaks that gripped and turned to confuse the opening pair, runs only coming from flailing edges. Eight overs in, 44 for 0, quick outfield, it looked like a par score would be around 200.
Jamie Farr, following his spring watch detour, joined the attack in the 9th over to be rewarded with a wicket (a simple catch taken by G Farr at short midwicket). Jamie bowled with good pace and forcefully at times, the remaining Bamburgh opener, ignoring the real possibility of personal injury, playing and missing at regular intervals! Pressure continued to be applied with Ben Brown bowling accurate line and length, wickets began to fall. Ben with impressive figures of 3 wickets for 11 runs from 5 overs. Jamie Farr taking a very impressive high ball catch over his shoulder while running to cover from mid off to dismiss the swinging opener!
As George Farr replaced Jamie Farr, Sam Brown replaced Ben Brown providing the spectacle of leg spin from both ends. Sam very tidily taking 2 wickets for 11 runs, with 1 maiden from 4 overs. George, also suffering from two 21st parties, produced a creditable 1 wicket for 15 runs, with 1 maiden from 4 overs. Young Joe Townsend and Rhys Petrie bowling the last two overs, each providing a wicket, to finish the Bamburgh (only 10 men) innings at 113 in the 27th over. Shaun Walsh had an impressive spell behind the stumps as the bat beat the ball on numerous occasions. A fine Borderers performance all round.
Thanks to Bamburgh stalwarts Mrs Parmley for organising tea and Dave Parmley for scoring. Thanks also to James Ritchie for offering his place in this match to a younger Borderer and also umpiring throughout the Borderers innings.
Toms Carlyle and Malloch opened, a mix of youth and experience, both looking comfortable, the slow pitch offering a few tricky deliveries to deal with but no demons.
Malloch aiming to keep the scoreboard ticking, took on a quick single in the third over, and succumbed to a direct hit from a fine throw. There then followed a period of batting dominance as Rhys Petrie joined Tom Carlyle at the crease, they added 81 runs in the following 11 overs. Carlyle offering only two slight chances, reaching 73 from only 57 balls, with fourteen 4’s, (sportingly retiring with the score on 88).
Rhys Petrie, who carried his bat with 25 runs to his name, was joined by Shaun Walsh, in to finish the job. Walsh looked, unusually, tidy at the crease until he glanced a delivery from his box onto his stumps. Joe Townsend took up the mantle displaying two magnificent back foot cuts before falling caught and bowled, leaving his father Will Townsend to score the winning runs.
A six wicket win. Well deserved. An early finish a much needed reward for the Farrs.
Tom Carlyle, Tom Malloch, Rhys Petrie, Shaun Walsh (wk), Joe Townsend, Will Townsend, Ben Brown, Sam Brown, George Farr, Jamie Farr, Richard Thomson (c)
Will Townsend, 4 overs, 0 maidens, 27 runs, 0 wickets
Tom Carlyle, 4 overs, 0 maidens, 18 runs, 0 wickets
Jamie Farr, 4 overs, 0 maidens, 16 runs, 1 wickets
Ben Brown, 5 overs, 0 maidens, 11 runs, 3 wickets
George Farr, 4 overs, 1 maidens, 15 runs, 1 wickets
Sam Brown, 4 overs, 1 maidens, 11 runs, 2 wickets
Joe Townsend, 1 overs, 0 maidens, 07 runs, 1 wickets
Rhys Petrie, 0.4 overs, 0 maidens, 02 runs, 0 wickets
Tom Carlyle 73 retired
Tom Malloch 01 run out
Rhys Petrie 25 not out
Shaun Walsh 01 bowled
Joe Townsend 05 caught/bowled
Will Townsend 04 not out
Ben Brown - dnb
Sam Brown - dnb
George Farr - dnb
Jamie Farr - dnb
Richard Thomson - dnb