RHC 2s Pick Up Their First Win of the Season
By Freddie Young
Rob Clarkson's side pick up their first win of the season after a convincing victory against Clackmannan Co.
A glorious day dawned as a strong 2nd XI side won the toss and had a bat on a used straw coloured pitch at a bone dry Barnton... with an outfield cut tight and low.
Openers Coombes and newbie Jonny Haslem strode out, one fresh off a 60+ and the other a reputation to uphold. VC Coombes fell to a sharp ball that reared on him off only the 4th ball, shouldering one to gully off the Clacks Pro. Out went Arnie Sathiy at 3 to join Jonny, the pair slowly pieced together a partnership of 69. Reaching 8 by the end of the 6th over, watchful against both Johannesburg born openers Jonny cut loose first with a square back foot drive and then a classical drive through cover for four. Arnie then opened up, popping one between the covers, for 4 and then again. They ran hard also, still to the amusement of the watching fans. Credit to Clacks for brining 8 fans also down from The Arns.
In 6 overs they added a rapid 55, but with nothing silly. Having seen off both openers and a fasting 1st change youngster on came T Mehboob from the top end with his left arm darts. Every ball was a good'un despite a sweep for 4 from Arnie in his 1st over. Jonny played and missed at a couple in the 20s before dispatching a glorious push check in front of point for 4 to reach 27. Sadly he was then dismissed off 41 balls. Out strode Batey. Arnie then booted a one bounce four dancing down the wicket to reach 35 off 37. The very next ball he was bowled by one that turned sharply despite being an arm ball.
Reeve came out before Ali departed for 5. Rob Clarkson, revelling in the solidity of the batting line up then popped one to backward point for 0. In walks the German wunderkid Kevin Meier. These two elegant batsman took the score from 81 for 5 to 169 before Reeve, barring a dropped caught and bowled popped one back to young Deacon to depart for 45.
A matchwinning partnership? We thought so.... They mixed good running and finding the gaps with the odd whip through midwicket and cover. Kevin increased in confidence upon reaching his first maiden 50, going from 48 to 62 in 4 balls. He eventually fell for 68 having watched DRob look a little leaden footed to the fairly sharp, returning pro. He did however put on 40+ with Gibson who mixed some surprising 22yd shuttle sprints with his usual brutality through and over midwicket. Ally Sadler hit 6 off 2 before being dismissed leaving an understandably grumpy Naidu stranded on 0 without facing, having only 7 days earlier put on 80 odd for the 1st wicket. 236 all out in the 45th.
Tea was banging. Highlights included a selection of Maltesers rocky road and pasta salad and some roided up cheese and ham sangers. Praise also to Reeve for his epic drumsticks.
Ally Sadler and Gibson opened up. Ally bowled some lovely lines and deserved more than his 2 for 20 off 6. Unplayable at times, it is super to have him back at Barnton. A watching Jim looking very pleased to have him back. And at tuther end Gibson, furious at not scoring 30+ bounded in and delivered an epic 9 over spell on the bounce. The game turned nasty for a time. Mehboob smashed one to Whiten, taking a sharp chance in front of Sathiy at first slip. Not out came the reply.
Words were said. And some rank backchat was met with fury in particular from Haslam, an irate Tamil and an incensed Ali Batey. Gibson ended up the Victor with 2 great wickets... one an LBW and one poles everywhere. Mehboob fell LBW to Gibbos 54th and final nut. All we had to do was contain their pro and wickets would fall. Reeve bowled well, extracting 2 sharp chances to Naidu's left. Clacks mixed a few lucky 2s with some generally average running before crawling to 110 for 5 off 25. Having been 50 for 2 off 8. Here the game turned. With one eye on the clock someone said kick off was an hour away. Suddenly it was all over. Haslam with some dip rip and flight took 4 in quick fashion and DRob picked up 2 of his own.
All out for 135 odds and a well deserved 111 run win. Top teas, we stayed calm throughout, and could not really have executed a better game.
By Arnie Sathiy.