In the Hylands
PUBLISHED: 14:30 09 June 2015
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Hornchurch Athletic's Nathaniel Bastin is writing a regular blog during the 2015 season.
I recently stumbled across a Twitter account called ‘Get in the Sea’ which encourages followers to tweet people and things which need to, well, get in the sea.
Posts range from flowery hipster beards, parents naming their child ‘Hashtag’, and a man playing Wagner on a purple trombone while skiing down a snowy mountain. Very amusing, well worth a look - @getinthesea
The bottom of the ocean would probably be an appropriate resting place for Athletic’s weekend as all teams were well beaten. Efforts by members to drown themselves in beer on Champions League night did, luckily, provide some light relief.
After writing last week about how encouraging the first team’s batting had been recently, the line-up did the inevitable by crashing to 112 all out with a series of misjudgements and farcical run-outs accounting for the humiliation.
After three games unbeaten, the team must now steer the ship back on course to avoid being blown carelessly towards mid-table come the end of the campaign.
A dangerous disease has spread like scurvy through the ranks this season which is an inability to bowl the cricket ball in a straight line for six consecutive deliveries.
This week, the second team demonstrated how harmful this can be when Rettendon’s pirates eased to their target of 193 for the loss of two wickets.
Special mention must go to Sam Blowers though, who hit a brutal 62 off 20 balls with cherries flying over houses, through towering trees and into the sea (I made that last one up).
The threes remain floating just above the relegation places in division nine after another convincing defeat. But there were promising signs as young Joe Browne returned to form, taking four wickets followed by 26 with the bat.
And finally, as if the script were already written, a terrible weekend was compounded as Maylands Green brushed aside HACC on Sunday.
Let’s hope the sunken vessel can be raised!