Hat-trick hero? Not quite

Oh dear. Bodley's first game of the season, against a team made up of teaching staff from Christ Church, had everything going for it. The pitch was lovely, the weather was perfect, Bodley had one of its strongest sides on the field in a long time and the opposition were soon 16 for 4(ish). After that it all went a bit wrong.

Bodley's bowling remained tight throughout the innings and fielding mistakes were few but the runs piled up while wickets, which at one time were falling regularly, did the opposite and dried up completely. After their allotted twenty overs Emeriti were 103 for 5, not a huge total but one that your team could justifiably feel should have been less.

Special mention to Nigel Walker, Andy Mackinnon and your reporter, all of whom got wickets, and a thanks from them to Andrew Milner and Martin Kaufmann, both of whom held onto catches off their bowling.

With two exceptions Bodley's batting was poor, and it was here that the game was lost. Ditta Yousaf and Nigel both scored well but no-one else was able to offer any support for long enough. And we'll leave it there, ok?

Comedy moment was supplied by the fool writing this report. In the unusual position of being about to bowl a hat-trick ball (as in, the possibility of taking three wickets in three balls) I put all my energies into producing the fastest ball I could. The effort involved meant that I was too busy falling down and trying to close my legs at the same time to even think about catching the ball which had tamely been hit back towards me. Cricket is a terrible game for missed chances and giving you plenty of time after to contemplate them.

So, a disappointing start but, as always, nice to get back into the swing of things again. And at least we can only get better…what's that? Oh, yes, I suppose we could carry on losing.

They also served: Ed Ball, Nick and Rob Millea, Dave Busby and Stephen Arnold.

Stuart Ackland

Outline, no. 360
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