Borderers V Tillside 31st July 2017
The Borderers won the toss and chose to Bat first.
William Thomson, having recently returned from Australia, opened the batting with a flourish. He looked solid, his defence impregnable, (honed on the baked turf of Pigeon Ponds in Victoria).
He opened with Ram Joicey, the first Joicey to play for the Borderers since her Great Grandfather, Hugh. She was also the second lady to play for the club, (the first being a South African, left arm medium pace bowler called Ninnette Marais back in 2006.) Unfortunately, Ram was not able to make use of her own bat, due to a technical problem and had to borrow a much larger bat. This was regrettably her undoing, as she was bowled in the second over. I am sure she will score a large number of runs for the Borderers in the future.
The next batsman was another new recruit, Ben Pymont. He looked very tidy and set about the business of accumulating runs until he was caught for 7.
Ian Sim, although well known for his speedy 50’s and hundreds, had not played for the Borderers before and it is not before time because he set about the bowlers with the eagerness of a shark amongst a shoal of fish. He hit five 4’s and one 6 for his super-fast 35 until he holed out to a magnificent catch in the deep by Dom Ginn. This was actually the second of two athletic catches, the first being when Dom ran in from the boundary to take a miscued lofted drive from Willie Thomson. (23).
Neil Johnston, formally of Tyningham CC also made his debut for the Borderers. His batting looked very correct and he set about dominating the bowlers by coming down the wicket. Unfortunately he missed a straight one as he advanced and was slightly unlucky to go LBW for 11. Neil was followed by another former Tyningham player, Belhaven school teacher and cricket coach, William Townsend! Now, he was correct! He played very well too and never looked vulnerable until he was caught for 38 by Duncan Sim, (Ian’s brother! With two brothers on opposing sides, the scene was set for sibling rivalry, Sim..bolic of the Borderers family traditions!)
Next was an old Borderers stalwart, Richard Thomson who started with a few streaky shots and then gathered pace, (after a dressing down from his Umpiring son) to take the game to Tillside. He finished on 38 after he allowed himself to be stumped to give the rest of the batting order a go, (allegedly!) He had smallish partnerships with Henry Strouts (2) who fell LBW to a slow looping delivery that landed flush on his toe in front of the stumps, (the editor, standing as umpire, did concede afterwards that it might have bounced over the stumps, given its trajectory….) and his nephew Robbie, who was bowled by the super fielder Ginn for 2.
Next in was Joe Townsend, son of William. Joe is 11 and I am sure has a bright cricketing future. He has inherited his Fathers batting ability and he even hit 4 runs to a long boundary to finish unbeaten on 10. He was joined by George Farr who also carried his bat for 2 when the innings concluded on 191 for 9 off the limited 35 overs. A good score.
Tillside came into bat. The Borderers opening bowlers kept things tight, William Townsend taking an early wicket to heap on the pressure. He completed 6 overs, 30 for 1 and Ben Pymont, the other opener bowled 7 overs , 34 for 2 . One of his wickets included a fantastic leg side stumping by Ian Sim to dismiss the danger batsman Ross Hindmarsh.
Miranda Joicey was first change bowler, finishing with figures of 6 overs , 39 for 1. Her victim who was LBW and a batsman of note (and an old Borderers adversary and friend, if that’s possible!) Cameron McGregor. Willie Thomson bowled brilliantly with his skiddy, off spin darts. He had another danger man, Duncan Sim caught behind by, you’ve guessed it, his brother Ian...oh the Sim..etry! Willie finished with 7 overs, 27 runs for 1. Now it seems spin and bounce were really the order of the day, as the last 3 bowlers curtailed the run chase or were they just younger inexperienced batsmen!
Robbie Thomson effectively broke the back of the run chase by dismissing their hard to dislodge opener Callum Bickerton for a commendable 50 when he was caught behind. He finished on figures of 3 overs, 9 for 1. George Farr also bowled 4 overs, 1 for 1. Joe Townsend continued to impress by bowling leg spin. He bowled 2 overs, 16 for 0.
Tillside’s 35 overs ended with them being 35 runs short for the loss of 8 wickets. Well done the Borderers!
Thank you yet again to Tillside for being such good hosts. They gave us a fantastic tea and always play the game in the exact spirit that it should be done.