KMCC vs Ripley C.C.

KMCC fail to shine on last day of season

 In a classic display of how KMCC have performed all season, the batsmen failed to build a big innings to provide a target, the bowlers fought hard to keep KMCC in the game only to be let down by poor fielding. Under the captaincy of disciplinarian skipper, Hooks, KMCC won the toss and elected to bat on a hard true Ripley pitch and rapid outfield. Within one over however, the tide had moved in Ripleys favour when their Aussie paceman had ripped out CHC's off stump. When Kiffer, Iain and Hollywood, making his debut for KMCC on a saturday, fell shortly afterwards it was left to Duncan and the skipper Hooks to rebuild the innings and as the scoreboard began to tick over hope began to spring up in Kirkby hearts. However, just as it appeared as if the ship had been steadied Hooks fell on 33 and Duncan quickly followed his captains example. Once again a steadying operation by the Kirks brought the innings back onto an even keel but their wickets (Peter on 26 and Ben on 25) left Rod and Tufnell to try to eake out as many runs as possible from the remaining overs. With 2 balls to spare it appeared as if a point was a formality but in a moment of farce, often associated with KMCC, Rod and then Shed were dismissed from consecutive balls to end the innings pointless on 159.

 Opening up the innings Duncan and Ben Kirk (taking the early wicket) kept the Ripley innings in check and Ripley were never allowed to run away with the game. When the Ripley captain was c Kirk jr jr b Kirk jr on 53 the match was in the balance and outstrode a confident Emmanuel (with his pet ferret attached to his chin for good luck). Hooks tried unsucessfully to remove his lucky mascot to no avail and Ripley moved ever closer to the victory target. However, the pet ferret was attracting the attention of the Ripley skippers dog who was becoming increasingly difficult to control and various "come by"s and whistles from the boundary caused the Aussies mask of concentration to slip. One miscued pull off Tuffers later and a comfortable catch by Hooks swung the game back into Kirkby's favour. However, the Ripley no 3 and regular 2nd teamer had other plans fending off the attentions of Hooks and Hollywood and being dropped on 3 vital occasions (the simplest by CH-C from Duncan) enabled Ripley to sneak to 159-3 with 2 overs remaining. Hooks and Duncan then took a consolation wicket apiece but it proved too little too late. Ripley were able to celebrate the Championship with a final day victory, but only after the canine contingent had been removed from the vicinity of Emmanuel's ferret. KMCC can now lick their wounds finishing 6th and reemerge as a phoenix from the flames after a well earned 6 months rest.

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