MSCC v Isis CC 2021

MSCC v Isis CC 2021

The Middleton Batters


‘Twas on a Wednesday eve in Twenty Twenty one

That a match took place ‘tween Middleton

Stoney; near Oxford, where the home is 

Of a visiting team who call themselves Isis.


The sun shone all that day on the sward verdant and lush

Watered by Simmo and Simon in whom we entrust.

Then trimmed and marked out by Howard and Paul

So soon we had contest twixt bat and ‘tween ball. 


Clouds they did build through the course the game 

As a terrible heat sought the players to tame

But much as seemed that the bowlers might melt

The ball to the boundary was given a belt.


On winning the Toss, Captain Riley with Thomas 

Did open the innings with signs of great promise.

Two overs gone, Nineteen on the tally

The first change of bowling helped Isis to rally.


Riley from bowling too short took plenteous plunder

Thomas unlucky a long hop got under

And gifted a catch to square leg in the field.

Now Harris and Riley gathered their yield

Of boundaries frequent and sometimes all run

As they galloped about in the westering sun.


Umpiring Dipple, resplendent in Yellow, 

Ignored from the bowler a confident bellow.

So Harris responded with blows strong and true

And delicate dabs turning ones into two.

 

First batsman past  fifty as the score neared the ton,

Riley was snaffled by Blatchford, the Isis Long on.

Floyd followed soon after, but crickey, oh golly!

It seemed the catch was taken half-volley.


Vadivale, Hon. Sec, in sweater tight wrapped,

Attempted to ramp and to lead the attack, 

Innovation in batting it looked very dashing,

Harris, his partner just carried on smashing


The ball to all quarters and had his half century.

Vadivale caught keeper, next tally book entry.

For the final three overs, joining the fray 

Max Nalborczyk planned to make it his day.


Once more catcher Blatchford was out in the deep

And though the trajectory was awesomely steep

He confidently held a difficult chance.  

Now came Lancaster ready to dance


With steps quick and dainty he scampered ‘tween wickets

But ne’er had the chance to offer to biff it.

At close of the innings a gross had been mustered.

A good enough total, no need to be flustered.


To open the bowling were Williams and Dipple

Not a zephyr was felt, nor standard give ripple.

Gathered round by the bat were gulley and slips

Hoping to hold on to edges and nicks.


To Lancaster first the ball came at great pace.

His hand he held up to show us the place

That the ball hit his thumb, right there at the base,

The bowler was cross, it showed in his face.


Two balls later another one flashed off the splice,

It passed through the slips in a fraction or trice.

Now in anger did Dipple bowl the ball faster

Another one dropped would be deemed a disaster.


Flying left with both hands Max nearly held on.

The bowler exasperated asked “What’s going on?”

In his subsequent over came  cheers of delight

A Slip catch was held, with both hands held tight.


Williams was now able to join in the fun

The Isis third batsmen was out for one run.

Dipple looked dangerous, delightful to see 

After five of the overs it was thirty for three.


The game it looked over, the batting half busted,

The result of the match surely done and half dusted.

But Isis showed spirit and their younger batters

Took charge of the game and the field did scatter.


Barton came good with a lethal long hop,

It defeated young Blatchford bowled neck and crop

Now came to the crease a batsmen of class

Who did not  allow any bowler to pass


Past his edge without ball having devious spin.

To his work he set out,  in his stride he was in

The bowling now seemed a little more thin

Worried faces appeared, perhaps they might win.


A bowler of seeming unflappable calm

Was now given his chance to turnover his arm.

First three balls were near perfect from Mr John Floyd,

Fielding spirits by this were much buoyed.


Ball four and ball five something different he tried,

The first was a six and the second a wide.

Much chastened he showed in his next set of six

He had not shown us all of his delivery tricks


The stumps he distorted with a bit of a snorter,

A wonderfully flighted inswinging yorker.

One batter now had the game in his hands

Fourteen runs from two overs and he’d feel grand.


The captain decided that the time was just right

As billowing clouds blocked the fading sunlight 

For Dipple to bowl the over penultimate

The task he was given, the run rate to sate.


For five balls of the over the stevens were even,

The runs they had scored were a comfortable seven.

Let us tell of the merit of Dipple’s final top trump,

First swinging away, cutting back on off stump.


The bastman was bowled, he was Isis’ last hope

Though hard they had tried there was not enough rope

They made one last try to stretch past the line 

But Nalborczyk was bowling an over quite fine.


The game was concluded the final ball bowled

And Middleton Stoney pavilion - ward strolled

Elbows were bumped  and all did agree

It was the finest of games that they ever did see.

 

Tim Riley


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