Saturday 14th August 2021 – Not too much good news to comment on during this report, so it will be a short one. With the skipper still away on his holibobs, Tony once again captained the team for the day, which was an away visit to Tiddington CC. Batting first, Westcott lost early wickets and were reduced to 26 for 3. Stuart had started well enough, playing some lovely shots, but each one seemed to go either straight to a fielder, or was stopped by a diving fielder, before he was rather unfortunately given out LBW when on 14. Rehman and Tony were both out cheaply, but in fairness the wicket wasn’t really doing anything special to worry the batsmen. Tanveer looked good for his 10 runs, before smashing a drive straight to mid off and just needs a bit of luck at the moment to get him going again. Roy looked aggressive during a quickly made 24 runs, before finding the only fielder in the postcode at cow corner and Westcott, not for the first time this season, were reeling at 39 for 5.!  With Waqas and Alimar both failing to trouble the scorers, JB and Finbarr managed to add some resilience to the batting line up and added a decent partnership to take the Westcott total above the hundred mark, with JB scoring a very solid looking 25 runs, which included four fours, with Finbarr picking off the bad ball at the other end. However, a chest high full toss (no ball ump..?) saw Finbarr mistime his pull shot and he was caught at backward square leg. JB soon followed out caught and when Hedders played on to his stumps, Tiz was left stranded at the non strikers end, with the Westcott total a very miserly 110 all out.

So, could the boys pull a rabbit from the hat and get an unlikely victory?  “If we can just get them to 30 for 3, we might have a chance” said the skipper to Finbarr and Hedders (note Hedders had sidled back in the slip cordon again this week – not sure how the returning skipper Strongy is going to manage this next Saturday!). Cue Waqas, who promptly took three quick wickets, to leave Tiddington on 33 for 3..!! With their tails up, Westcott started to believe there may be some hope yet. However, it was not meant to be, as the two new incoming batsmen smashed an unbeaten partnership of 80 in the next 10 overs to leave Westcott heavily defeated by 7 wickets and the game was all done and dusted by 4:30pm.  All that was left to do was sit in the bar and commiserate over a poor performance, which I must admit, we did rather well 😉

Let’s go again next week at home to Aston Rowant CC, with still one eye on a possible promotion slot and put in three good performances to round off the end of the season.!! 🙂