Late-Order Resistance Can't Rescue 1s from Another Defeat
By Matt Nichols
It's Deja Vu all over again for Dan Roberts and Co. as Councillor the Scorer reports from Camberley
I thought about just providing the match report from last week as the course of this game was so similar, but that was a copy of the week before. The script is a bit like a badly written novel. A team full of hope arrives at the ground. The cruel gods of fate slap them in the face by denying our heroes a chance to bowl first on a green one based solely on the toss of a coin. The story then goes down-hill ending with the team dejectedly drowning their sorrows in a strange bar with no points for consolation.
The script is now too familiar. A hopeful first few overs then a few quick wickets, followed by a tentative revival which is then snuffed out by a cruel act of fate, possibly a bad decision or an unplayable ball. Then some rather more adhesive batting from the tail to produce a total, but one which is well short of par. This week seven batsmen reached double figures, but only one, Will Arkell, got beyond 20, finishing with 35. There was the now expected cameo from Jamie Aldridge (18 from 19 balls) before the innings ended on 145 all out after 54 overs.
A special mention to the standard of catering at Camberley for both lunch and tea – absolutely outstanding. Even the quiche had flavour, something I thought was impossible.
The bowling also went pretty much to script. Some decent early overs, rewarded by a wicket. Then some steady batting progress with a few expensive overs thrown in for good measure. There is a change of bowling, but despite keeping the run rate down the score just keeps on going up. Then a dramatic moment which brings renewed hope, this week it was two wickets in two balls for Rory Annandale – one bowled and one LBW. The score was then 80 for 3 after 21 overs.
Unfortunately the Camberley number 5 was in no mood to give Walton a look in and promptly hit 53 off just 43 balls to finish the match after 33 overs. Even Dan Roberts, on his birthday, could not snare a batsman in his usual web of confusion.
So another week of losing the toss, batting first and then losing the game. In the last three weeks the toss has had a huge effect, maybe not on the result, but at the very least on the metrics of the match. With three consecutive low scores to get, the opposition have been confident when it was their turn to bat and Walton were under pressure from the first ball they bowled.
Several of the batsmen need to find form at the same time. Next week would be a good time to do this. Who are we playing? Oh, it’s the unbeaten Normandy team who have been wiping the floor with everyone this season. No problem then.