Every once in a while you see a really great innings, and on Saturday we witnessed such an event. Unfortunately it was for the opposition, Whitkirk, whose captain and opener batted through the innings to score 149* and lead his side to victory.
Dave Greenlay lost another toss, (none out of three), and Pickering made a steady start with the first three all getting into the teens but then getting out. The significant partnership was between Greenlay and Colin Frank, who put on 105 in an hour before Colin departed for 50. Greenlay went for 86, and some customary hitting from Kieran Bowes (22 off 18) and Michael Brown (12 off 8) saw us close at 248 for 7.
It should have been enough, but it wasn’t. Bowes, Greenlay and Tim Whincup snared two wickets each but we couldn’t dismiss the main man. Their 7th wicket fell at 196, but the number nine only faced 10 balls, including a maiden, and scored 1 in a partnership of 53.
A few numerical snippets this week, all from the first innings. When the score was 44, both batsmen were on 11, the man out had scored 11 and there were 11 extras. Dave Greenlay took 10 balls to get off the mark, but later in his innings he scored off 8 consecutive balls once and 6 consecutive balls twice, whilst Colin Frank scored off 7 consecutive balls. There was a sequence of 5 consecutive overs in which a leg bye was scored, and Pickering had 4 left handed batsmen in a row. Wow. And to cap off the day, the fines were £15.50 – exactly the same amount for the 3rd successive week!