Churchill & Blakedown Sports Centre

13th August 2004
Posted by: Chris Syner

Blakedown vs Old Georgians

A good win for Blakedown.
Played at Blakedown on Sunday 8th August.  Blakedown's captain Russ Welbourn actually won the toss for the first time this season; a good start by all accounts!  Blakedown decided to bat and made a good start, Chris Syner and John Goodman putting on 64 for the first wicket, in very humid conditions.  A few cameo innings and Blakedown finished on 198 for 9 after 40 overs, with Chris Syner top scoring with 65.  For once the Blakedown run machine, Rob Chatwin, missed out on a big score (22), victim of a very flukey run-out.  The Old Georgians fielder threw at the stumps at the bowlers end and missed by a mile!  By such a degree that he actually hit the stumps at the other end, the end to which Rob was ambling believing he was in no danger and was run out by a couple of yards! 
So at tea, which was provided by Steve & Alison Anstey (with a little help from Elsie I'm sure) and was superb, Blakedown were in a reasonable position........but Old Georgians have some very good batsmen and we were one regular bowler short.
Ian Challis bowled the first over, which was the worst he had bowled all season!  He could have been bowling in slippers, wearing a smoking jacket and running in backwards for all the use he was and Old Georgians were off to a flyer.  Worse followed bad in his second over, but from then on he bowled like a demon.  In fact the whole Blakedown team bowled and fielded like demons, with superb catches from Chris Syner & Steve Anstey and two great takes for 'keeper' Russ Welbourn.  A good knock of 58 by the Old Georgians captain, shepherding the tail enders, ensured Old Georgians got over the 100 mark and salvaged some respectability. 
Two particularly pleasing moments at the end involved two of Blakedown's Junior players. Jordan Anstey, playing for the opposition, hitting his dad Steve for 2 runs with a very classy looking pull shot, and Ross Syner bowling for the first time this season, taking a wicket clean bowled, with his fifth ball to end the Old Georgians innings.
Blakedown season now stands played 9, won 7, lost 2, with one game remaining.  Not at all bad.......................


Chris Syner