For their first game after the last ball cup defeat against Poynton, Didsbury were up against Timperley on an artificial pitch. The home advantage of playing on an plastic would surely be the same as that experienced by teams visiting Loftus Road in the 1980s before it was ripped up. Pundits expressed the unanimous view that the ball would keep low and Didsbury would have to find a way of adjusting. They did, handsomely.
Alfie stuck the home side in, giving the visiting batsmen a chance to observe the behaviour of the pitch. Zac, back in the inside after missing out in the cup game retuned to open the bowling and showed what the team had missed at Poynton returning figures of 2-0-7-1. The opening pair still managed to put on 224, however, representing a very respectable start. Then came a devastating spell from the second string pairing of Seb and Daniel who reduced the home side to rubble by the time they took their sweaters. Seb produced stunning figures of 2-0-4-2 with Daniel equally good at 2-0-3-1, the resulting maths indicating Timperley actually going backwards to double nelson. Seamus then continued his rich vein of form conceding only 7runs and picking up another wicket, though at the other end Sam took a bit of stick. Timperley’s final batting pair only managed to add a further 3 runs against the vintage pairing of Ethan and Alfie, the former collecting a further 2 wickets whilst Alfie conceded a miserly 4 off his 2 overs. Two hundred and forty nine looked well below par, but that didn’t account for the pitch – how would Didsbury’s batsmen react?
Harry and Seamus got off to a sticky start with 5 wickets falling in the first 4 overs leaving Didsbury stalling badly on 214, which would have been much lower without Seamus keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Ethan and Zac steadied the ship reaching 234 at the half-way point, though two wickets in the last over took the shine off things somewhat. Alfie and Daniel forging a strong partnership as third pair kept the scoreboard moving and soon passed Timperley’s total with 18 and 19 respectively. When the final pair of Sam and Seb walked in the game was all over with Timplerley requiring a miracle of resurrection proportions. Instead, they got slaughtered. Sam flogged the bowling reaching 21 and with no wickets falling Didsbury sneaked past the 300 barrier.
Normal service resumed.
Updated 11:43 - 6 Oct 2017 by Duncan Anderson