For some a healthy breakfast and prepping themselves to give their all. For others, a lazy morning and a mad rush to find some "clean" kit at the last minute. It has been known for some to prepare by flying into the country at some ungodly hour following a two day stag session, and for others to celebrate the day with a wedding, either their own or a close friend's! All of the above were true (to some extent) for the TWBCC 1st XI as they prepared to travel to East Dean for what would surely be a combative match.
The game started with the skipper Ben Edwards winning the toss and deciding to unleash his lethal opening bowling partnership of Fergus "the too nice fast bowler" Fairbairn and Dos "the aggressive slow bowler" Freeman.
James (Dos) Freeman Sr (1-53) picked up the opening wicket with a ball that nipped away and finding the edge traveled into the safe hands of Ben Edwards, who was fulfilling his annual East Dean wicket keeping duties! Fairbairn (2-36) soon followed up with a quick ball rattling the timber in his final over of what was to be his opening spell.
It was after this over that captain Ben Edwards was struck with inspiration to let loose his Moor-dog of war! Josh Moor (6-57) stepped up to the plate and re-ignited the bowling partnership with Dos that had been so important to the club's promotion the year before.
Josh soon repaid his captain's faith with a catch for the skipper and soon after an outstanding catch from Rob Teague who seemed to be asleep on the long off boundary before leaping like a salmon forward to take a blinder! It was around this time the evergreen 1st team stalwart Nick Edwards took over from Dos at the other end. Nick soon showed his playful nature varying the length of his run up only to walk back to the full length, get half way through and decide to start again. However he clearly got in the head of the batsmen as he soon gave him his marching orders with a delivery that sent the bails flying. Moor soon followed suit completing a vital 6-fer which included an athletic one handed catch diving away to his left. With the tail in, Fairbairn was reintroduced, despite Freeman insisting he was feeling fresh after a 13 over spell. However once again the captain's instincts were on point and the innings ended with East Dean all out for 174.
TWBCC were treated to an outstanding tea which included a cake which was, to quote the offspring of Chris Greenall, "the most legendary cake ever!"
Borderers went into the 2nd innings in high hopes following strong performances from both Teague and Edwards the previous week.The batting, however, got off to a shakey start with both Teague and B Edwards struggling to show the form from last week. Both lost their wickets early, but they were not the only ones. Borderers once again succumbed to East Dean in dramatic fashion. Falling to 70ao with only Greenall and Edwards sr. offering stern resistance.
The week ended with Borderers gaining 10 points in the league but the celebrations of their very own Callum and Helena Wood's wedding to look forward to. Roll on the rest of the weekend and then the League going forwards!