Soggy Saturday became Sodden Sunday
If the penultimate match day of the month of August was a case of a SOGGY SATURDAY then the following day will surely for ever be known as SATURATED SUNDAY.
Our resident Aussie this summer – Cameron Suidgeest – must have wondered what on earth he was doing given that he took to the field with the other nine BCC heroes to bowl and field through 13 overs and three balls in the meeting with North Petherton CC.
The Somerset side had driven for an hour for the game and so action – any action – is what they sought.
Sunday XI skipper-for-the-day Liam Reed and his opposite number agreed on attempting to play a T20 as any other longer format was going to be impossible given the weather.
North Petherton won the toss and opted to bat and play began with rain falling – and fall it continued right up to the point where the visitors lost their sixth wicket and even their sodden batters and umpires agreed with the passionate feeling throughout the home side that play should be ended there and then – and it was!
North Petherton had reached 77-7 at the point of no return in terms of the course of the game.
Will Pope, their number four bat, was unbeaten on 26 (from 27 balls) and Lloyd Irish – the Taunton Town FC goalkeeper – was one of two victims of the Will Greig bowling – back in the hutch for a 14-ball knock of 23.
The ‘star’ of the home show was undoubtedly Liam ‘skipper’ Reed who bowled ten deliveries (the first being a wide) and ended up with figures of 3-9 (six of the nine came off one hit!).
Liam’s three wickets were all courtesy of catches with Ryan Shrewsberry, Vinny Clark and Pete Hardy displaying slick safe hands holding onto catches in the wet and windy conditions.
The best of four catches the team took was without doubt the one pouched by 17-year-old Dan Summer off the bowling of Will Grieg – Greigy also clean bowled a batter to finish with 2-21 from three overs. Cam Suidgeest did not take a wicket (0-19) in three, but he was not to be denied some headlining as he hit a singly stump to run out one of the openers in the second over (the first of the Will Greig three.
Ryan Shrewsberry sent down two overs (0-12) and there was an impressive four over spell from Summer who finished with figures of 0-15.