In the Hylands
PUBLISHED: 14:30 02 June 2015
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Nathaniel Bastin is writing a blog from Hornchurch Athletic CC in 2015
Another exciting week as teams continued the age old Athletic tradition of conspiring to throw away winning positions.
The first’s batting has found some swagger after posting 280 last week followed by 250 at Springfield. A century from Sam Samarasekera suggests that his early season anxieties have been emphatically overcome.
As expected, the team managed to make a game of it, leaving the opposition requiring 26 from the final over which captain Ross Raftery elected to bowl.
Now, a team always responds well to seeing their leader take responsibility in this way, however, when the first two deliveries soared over the rope for six, the group must have been left wondering whether Ross’s gambling woes had resurfaced!
Last ball, six needed, full toss, boundary catch, delirious celebrations. Of course, games can be won in easier fashion.
The second XI game was all over by three o’clock when a severely weakened Athorpe Roding were bowled out for 37.
This farce was displaced by a slightly surreal afternoon as the boys waited for returning players to project their half-cut anecdotes onto. Tougher challenges lie ahead.
Meanwhile, ‘Speller out!’, a cry which filled the early evening air. Look, I have to be fair and say that the threes recorded a victory last week which went blogless. But, after Rob Kershaw hit his maiden hundred, the team lost its radar in the field, bowling an astounding 60 extras!
Line and length was not the only thing missing as Mike Wilson appeared to stumble into a Raphael Park wormhole after his golden duck. Has Mark Speller lost the dressing room? Only time will tell.
Lastly, the mighty fours. Still top of the league thanks to a heroic innings from Rajan Paulose, the club lunatic.
I could quite easily (and may still) write an entire column about this man but, for now, all that need be said is that his 55, with the team on the brink of defeat, goes down as one of the great fourth XI knocks.
It appears that the truth really does set you free!