Back again with another serving of cricket.
Seems as though I'm doing better in U/16s than I am with C Grade. I had an absolutely awesome day today. I know I've told you that I'm a hell of a rabbit, and I was demoted from 4th to 6th place in the batting lineup today... more details after the rest of the story.
My father, a teammate and I arrived three minutes before the game was scheduled to start. That meant we missed the toss. But wouldn't you know it, all the sweat I lost was for nothing. The game didn't start for another ten minutes. Wouldn't you hate that?
We were put into the field. It was a fast ground and an easy team to dispatch, but we were still carted for the first few overs. We got
two three a certain amount of wickets before I was called on to bowl my team-famous leg breaks.
First ball I was hit to the boundary. Second ball I was hit over the boundary. Ten runs in two balls. The batsman calmed down a little after that and only managed one. So I was to face a kid that hadn't faced me yet. The Number 3, or supposedly, the best batsman in the side.
He made the stupidest shot ever and was caught in the covers. Next ball I took out another kid, stumped. I was on another hat-trick. That's two for the season if you don't count the one I was a batsman in. Heh. That's a habit now, according to my father.
The next kid bashed the ball hard into the ground and stayed in his crease. Thus endeth the hat-trick attempt, and also my first over.
Next over I took out two more kids, and I now had four wickets. The spinner at the other end, a great mate of mine, had taken one out already, and took another one after my double-wicket maiden. Heh. That left us with one wicket, and the race was on to see who would get it: me, bagging me five wickets for the first time in my life, or him.
He got it.
I had an uneventful over that over, except for two or three runs. My mate took the other wicket in the very next over. Bugger. Well, I still ended up with 4/14, which is now officially my second-best bowling performance ever. That would be good enough for most people. And it was good enough for me.
But! I wasn't finished yet. As I said before, I was demoted to 6th, but I still got my pads on nice and early. It turns out I needed them.
A rain shower accompanied by thunder came across shortly after we started the innings. Pomonal kept battling through it, trying to reach 78 and win the game. One of our lads retired, and three others went out. I went in with the lad we call "Tubber", who went out, bowled, after a little while.
All I had to do today was score one run to break the string of ducks that I had been on - five in a row. First over, though, there were calls for LBW and caught behind. However, the umpire turned them down (due to an inside edge and the ball hitting the pad respectively).
The first opportunity I got was a fullish delivery on middle. I bent, pulled the bat around, and I heard a lovely *Crack!* I had hit the ball out of the infield for the first time this year. I ran one, but the kid's arm was good and I didn't want to go for a second.
So now I had my run, we had won the game (we continued nevertheless) and at least 10 overs in hand. I had plenty of time to think and make more. After that first run, the bowlers bowled right into my hands, but I mistimed most of my shots and they ended up soaring past my bat and into the keeper's hands. However, I hit three more: two singles and a beautiful shot that hit the meat of the bat (the thickest part of the bat), was excellently timed (not superbly, though) and went running down to the boundary for my first U/16s four. During that spell, more rain came, but we battled through it.
Then it started growing darker because of the heavy rain clouds, and our captain called it off. I was one run short of my U/16s high score, but I didn't care. I had broken my string of ducks, I had bowled magnificently, and I was feeling ecstatic.