Manderston 2015 (20/20)
A fine evening for cricket with no hint of the rain that had proceeded the days before. The wicket was understandably slow and likely to deteriorate rapidly, so the captains inability to win the toss was a set back that normally the Borderers are unable to recover from.
Our opening bowlers bowled very well, harnessing the prodigious swing available with accurate line and length with the odd deadly slower ball dropped in for good measure. The pitch, as I say, was not easy and the first few batsmen fell to either very good bowling or a lack of match practise, (I must say that Mando were short of men and fielded some players that had not played this season. They also borrowed one of our more capable Borderers ,William Thomson, who topped scored for them 34!) Nearly all the Borderers had a bowl and to a man, made it very difficult for Manderston to score. Admittedly the out-field was slow, but good fielding and not too many catches dropped meant the Borderers required only 93 runs to win.
Borderers batting has a different tempo to most other sides and to suggest that this was an innings of two halves is an understatement. I mentioned that the pitch was cruel, but put in thehands of Manderstons excellent opening swing bowler, Dave Ebner,, it proved to be disastrousfor the top order batsmen, (Ebner's figures,4 overs, 4 wickets for 10 runs). Borderers first six batsmen fell for a combined total of 9 runs and we were staring down the barrel, When, cometh the men with other ideas. Ollie Farr and Peter Tyser proceeded to accelerate the scoring and piled on some much needed runs.
The ball, now softened, behaved, but with no desire to take anything away from the batsmen, the ball still had to go to the boundary, which it did with some mighty blows. One Tyser six, in particular, after re entering the atmosphere destroyed the rear light of David Miller's car. David showed remarkable composure, as shortly afterwards his batting skills at number 10 were required after Ollie Farr was out, bowled by WilliamThomson (!) for 23 and Tyser was caught behind for 32 with just 7 runs needed. David, together with Peter's son, Hugh, steered the Borderers to victory with only 2 balls left and one other very relieved batsman/author still to come. Well played the Borderers.
George Farr, 23rd July, 2015.