On a hot summer’s day at Poloc, APD Nunholm faced Shawholm, on a wicket which looked like it had enough in it for the bowlers. Skipper Barnes won the toss and elected to bowl but the new opening pair of Williams and Cox were unable to make a quick break-through with difficult chances put down and some bad luck.
However Kyle and McCutcheon had better luck, taking wickets in there first overs – Kyle bowling Els with his first ball and McCutcheon getting the dangerous Arshad caught by the knees of ‘Angel’ Cross which meant a hat-trick of catches in consecutive weeks.
With the Shawholm 91 for 2 APD it meant that Nunholm had dragged it back. However these wickets only brought Shawholm’s captain to the crease and he quickly got his eye in with three sixes but then went better by smashing 4 sixes in 8 balls, three in one Williams over.
The captain had to try something different but with Johnstone getting hit for 21 off his first over many thought he had been taken off only, to the team’s amazement, the captain had switched his ends. It was a stroke of genius with him taking 3 wickets in his next 10 deliveries.
Barnes also got in the swing off things by taking 3 wickets, including Ashlove who was clapped prematurely for his hundred only to reach 98. Shawholm finished on 308 all out in the 47th over.
With some young blood at the top of the order Cross needed to bat responsibly which he did in scoring an unyielding 35. However his partners came and went with ‘ducks’ from McCutcheon and Anderson.
This succession of wickets brought old man Williams to the crease and, with many of the younger players thinking of where the closest food outlet was, he began to build an incredible innings with the bad ball dispatched with arrogance as he passed fifty.
At the other end wickets continued to fall, with only Cox supporting well until given out caught behind for 19. This wicket was part of a hat-trick for Khan who bowled both Howard and Kyle for ‘Golden Ducks’ and it looked like Williams would run out of partners for him to reach his phenomenal hundred.
However ‘The Gloves’ Ferguson had other ideas, defending his wicket as if his life depended on it. Although Williams had every confidence in Ferguson he reduced the pressure when he reached his hundred with three cracking fours.
With this milestone passed the golden pair continued their partnership putting on a total of 66 runs to reach 239 after 53 overs and gain the extra 2 losing draw points with Williams finishing on 128 not out.
With all 100 overs bowled in hot conditions it felt like the longest game of many of APD Nunholm young players’ careers. However it was a day well spent with them picking up 14 points and watching a masterful innings from Tricky Tref.
Shawholm 308 all out (19 points) J Barnes (5.2 overs, 3 for 29), P Johnstone (3 overs, 3 for 29) and A Kyle (8 overs, 2 for 48)
APD Nunholm 239 for 9 (14 points) T Williams 128 Not Out, G Cross 35, J Cox 19, R Ferguson 13 not out.
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