Another ominously grey evening saw 10 Badgers (Prof. Chase was running straight from the theatre) take to the field in a fine drizzle, with the forecast making the prospect of the full 40 overs very bleak indeed. (Some would see this as positive, with many wounded Badgers still recovering from Roger's stag do at the weekend.)
Iago and Craig opened the bowling, and after a steady start the gap in the field obviously began to tell, with boundaries increasing the run rate substantially. Iago eventually removed the opening bat, clean bowled, and Craig returned later in the innings with some more mean bowling and extending his lead at the top of wicket takers board (clean bowled also).
Alyn got a taste for bowling in Lodi, which has been missing for a couple of years, clean bowling a fine batsmen for the second match running.
Gareth was next into the attack, forcing a fine caught behind with his first ball, and limiting the opposition to just 9 runs of his 3 overs.
He was supported at the other end by Phil, also conceding only 9 runs off his 2 overs, and taking 2 wickets in the process.
The first of which was the real talking of the evening (and the reason why this report is so late, as I needed to buy a bigger thesaurus). Fearing the worst when a fair delivery was hooked to the boundary, Craig leapt from a standing start like a young Peter Schmeichel, and twisting his arm to face the ball, took a one-handed catch at full stretch, and managing to keep hold as he hit the ground again with an almighty thud a couple of yards from the boundary line.
It is without any hint of hyperbole that I declare this to be the best catch during my time with the Badgers, and I apologise that I don't have the descriptive talent to do it justice - just ask someone who was there and watch their eyes glaze over. (There are rumours that Gareth Edwards has sent his own congratulations.)
Following all the excitement, Alex and Dave closed the innings very respectfully, limiting the Lawyers to 125 - not too bad after the early boundaries.
The batting, however, never got going. Only two batsmen reached double figures, and with the opposition only using four bowlers (even in the dark and rain), we were eventually bowled out for 44 in the 16th over.
Mumbles CC has become a bit of a bogey ground, so we look forward to the familiar settings of Underhill this week, and we may even see 11 Badgers turn up before kick-off...
Underhill Park, Mumbles, Swansea
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