6 Overs in and about 45-2 Sawtry were looking to build a base and Buddle Jnr was looking for the oxygen. Here came the introduction of ‘The better Hutchcraft’ Marcus with the ball starting to hoop and although some broughton-esc beamers were bowled and a clean bowled not achieved because of a front foot no-ball he finally got settled and found a wicket. Sawtry were however looking to gain a foothold by this stage and the decision to take pace off the ball with new signing A Hayden and Sam ‘The Official Willow’ Wilson was taken. It worked wonders as the scoring rate slowed and 3 more wickets were gained.
Well in to the tail and with some genuine walking wickets in bat some simple on the stumps bowling was needed and Chris ‘The Slayer’ Parkins did just this with 2 wickets in his 4 overs for the cost of only 6 runs. The final death bowler was young TJ Harding who got some serious turn and bounce in his 2.2 overs and took the final wicket to leave Sawtry 155 all out.
After a great showing in the field the simple instruction of ‘everyone get 15 and we’ll get this’ was clearly ignored by almost all the top order as Ramsey collapsed to 11-3 after a duck by Hayden, 4 from Gogsy, and 7 from Martin. A brief partnership started to develop nicely between the other Parkins and Ollie ‘Slick Rick’ Wilson. However after that ended the Rams looked to be on for a quick return home. In step the skipper who played a strong captains innings for a solid…4 balls before top edging high up to cover. Ramsey now 50 odd for 6 and seemingly out of batsmen needed a miracle to get anywhere near the 155 set by Sawtry. In step the factor 50 sun cream needing duo of Tim ‘Chanderpaul stance’ Willis and Sam ‘I have two shots’ Wilson. The fallen batsmen sat in awe as the ginger pair pumped the Sawtry bowlers all over the ground and both achieved personal best scores of 36 and 33 respectively. However this wasn’t quite enough and the final drinks break brought the last wicket of Sam Wilson to leave 133 all out, 23 runs short of what they needed.
It was still a good showing for a side without any supposed ringers (although Tim would now like to be considered one) and with some batting practise the team definitely has the potential to grind out victories without the previously much needed help from above. Man of the match winner Tim Willis has specially requested that everyone (especially Vinny) is made well aware that he got 2 wickets and took a catch in the deep and hit 36 runs including one ‘HUGE’ six. Runner up to the award Sam Wilson also got two wickets, 33 runs but dropped a DOLLY after his brother Ollie Wilson had miraculously caught two from behind the stumps.
Viva La Ram!!
Match report from Hezza Buddle