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Holmes puts Olney under the hammer

Holmes puts Olney under the hammer

Anthony Lewis30 Apr 2023 - 07:08
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Early season success amid wardrobe malfunctions

A George Holmes all round master class propelled Cublington 1’s to the top of Division 4 as they won the season opener at away Olney.

Olney, notable for having the greatest distance between car park and pavilion of any cricket ground in the UK, won the toss and elected to field much to the surprise of the Cubs who fully expected second go on an early season track.

A feathered drive saw Gadsby back in the hutch, adamant that he would rather clean the changing room toilet after Owen than umpire a single over.

With Balme’s ankle corset deflecting the ball onto his stumps it fell to Holmes and KGS to consolidate the innings.

Resuming at 80-2 after drinks, KGS played down the wrong line of the second ball and for good measure Bone did the same with the third ball.

Batters 6, 7 & 8 did little to trouble the scorers and Cubs were in danger of posting an under par total but Venables and Holmes had other ideas. A glorious Venables check drive back over the bowler was matched by a Holmes blow that threatened the spectators only for Lewis to step in and save them even at the expense of losing his trousers in the process.

A final total of 198 all out looked a sizeable challenge for Olney who resumed after the break so cautiously the Cubs were unsure they were aware that the ‘losing draw’ had been phased out a decade ago.

Shetty and Venables tied up opposing ends and strangled the openers leaving them 38-2 at drinks, Balme with a fine pouch in the gully and Howe equally safe at mid wicket. At the resumption wickets fell at regular intervals as the bowlers rotated with equal effect including Orchard who enthusiastically explored all areas of the wicket and Bone narrowly missing out on a revenge hat-trick. Olney 126-9 at the close.

It may be the Kings coronation next Saturday but Cublington have both the 1’s and 2’s in action for the first time this season. To save Camilla’s blushes players are requested to ensure their trousers are properly secured before standing up or wear Union Jack pants underneath thereby giving the new King a fitting royal salute.

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