6 From 6 for the Thunderbirds
By Dave Fisher
Stedman Shines and Maddocks Mops Up
This week the 3As welcomed Maritime, with skipper Dave Fisher missing in action Ste green took over at the helm.
The 3As lost the toss and were stuck in to bat, captain and leader Ste Treen opened the batting with foxy. Unfortunately Ste's time at the crease was short as he edged it to the keeper second ball. This brought Karl Stedman into the fray.
Foxy and Karl went onto build a great partnership with foxy eventually out for 36 while Karl soldiered on taking on all challengers.
George Metcalf replaced Father Metcalf and was next to come in and got off to an electric start, scoring 16 in his first over. George showed no signs of slowing down as he continued to fire on all cylinders until he holed out on 39.
Dan Pond joined Karl in hopes of adding to the large run total that was amassing. Karl Stedman who had played a flawless innings brought up his century after a flurry of boundaries, Dan Pond was also scoring at a high rate and the opposing team looked to have no answer. Eventually both Karl and Dan were caught in the deep, with Karl playing one of the innings of the season ending up on 141. Well batted Karl. CBH declared on 281 from 40 overs, Dan Pond eventually out for 42.
The highest total of the season and a great batting performance.
McGovern and Ben Harvey opened the bowling.
Jack McGovern was playing his first game of the season for the 3rds and hoped to impress on debut. However, the uni student in his 15th year was struck with the yips mid over and was yanked off after bowling two ‘dangerous’ full tosses. Questionable decision from the umpire as Jack was hit for a huge six and dropped a caught and bowled just balls before, maybe would have been better to keep him on.
Ste Treen elected himself to finish off the over. Full toss, 4 runs.
As McLovin was now unable to bowl jazzy B took over. The Ben Harvey and Jazzy B combo proved very effective as the pair claimed 5 wickets between them, leaving maritime 40-5 when spinners Joe Maddocks and Will Fisher came on. Although, 5 down and in desperate need of any sort of partnership Maritime continued to swing from the hip all the way down the very last man. For this, we salute them. However, this strategy wasn’t great in actually winning the game as Joe Maddocks and Will Fisher cleaned up the tail with relative ease and maritime finished up on 104 all out.
One Wicket for Fisher and 4 for Joe Maddocks.
A full 25 points for the 3As as they maintain their advantage at the top of the table making it 6 wins from 6 games.
Next week they travel to Long time rivals Neston.
Although a great victory the day started on a bleak note with the news that CBH Umpire and Clubman of the year Alan Middleton passed away during the night on Friday after umpiring the under 18s game.
Alan was an ever present figure at CBH and he really "put in", umpiring the 2s every Saturday, any midweek game he could and also helping out on the ground where he could, he never asked for anything in return, he was just happy to be part of a great club, We need people like Alan and he will be dearly missed.
We would like to offer our sincere condolences to Alan's family and friends - A True Gent.