May 11th vs Hook Norton (A) – won by 18 runs

 

After a disappointing result first game, an away day to Hook Norton allowed Westcott to get their first win of the season – to quote Dave Hawes “the best worst game of cricket I’ve ever played in”!

 

After losing the toss and being put in,  the Hooky openers made early inroads, dismissing Nick (2), Mikey (1) and the supposed ‘ringer’, the captain’s brother Ollie (3) cheaply. After this, steady progress was made by Rasika (21) and Alex (13). The captain tried his best to bore the opposition into submission, but it didn’t work when he actually played an aggressive shot and began to run in glee, only for the lump fielding there to smother the ball and run him out! A few more quick wickets soon followed, and an under par 68 was set by Westcott, with Hooky requiring a small 69 (no jokes please!) for victory.

 

Going out for 10 overs to bat, all the Hooky openers need to do was to play out the overs and leave Westcott nothing to play with post-tea. However, the Hooky opener had other ideas. He dabbed the first ball down to Alex at square leg, only for Alex to run in and with a direct hit, see the other opener out without facing a ball! A few more wickets followed to see Hooky 24-4 at tea.

 

After some lovely cakes, Westcott were fueled up to make a game of it. This time, the Hooky opener decided to run himself out to Alex (you’d think he’d have learned from earlier!), and Dave and Alex kept things tight. The turning point (in the captain’s opinion at least), was a superb grab from the captain’s brother (at least he can field!) close in to get the Hooky captain out from a Dave Hawes leg stump full toss (apparently, he had a massive purple bruise after!). This put Westcott in front and lively bowling from Alex (2-9) kept the batsmen on their toes. However, it was down to the nagging accuracy of Dave (4-12) to finish the game off, with a superb in swinger first up to the Hooky no. 11 to send Westcott home victorious (and slightly delirious), after bowling Hooky out for 50 and winning by 18 runs. A variety of Hooky ales were drunk in celebration.

 

A great effort to get a result from a poor batting performance, with some fantastic bowling and great fielding (no dropped catches I think?) so very well done. Time to welcome Kidlington next week.

 

Lewis Jeacock.