As Rebels came down from D3 last year and have, if anything, strengthened their team, we knew we were going to be “up against it”. We had heard on the grapevine though that Hayley McTear was suffering from scurvy, rickets and fallen arches though so we held onto that.
Innings 1: Although we managed to work through most of our batting line up we failed to score. We then fielded really well and managed a shut out of our own. Scoreline 0-0
Innings 2: More of the same I’m afraid, Rebels dominance showed as again they managed to stop us getting on the scoresheet whilst scoring 5 themselves. Scoreline 0-5.
Innings 3: I was starting to think we had left our bats at home feeling as though we couldn’t buy a run at this stage. Even though we fielded really well Rebels again managed to put up a decent score ending the innings 0-9.
Innings 4 saw our best batting a home run from Scott Barton, his 3rd in 3 weeks, brought both himself and Mandy Ashton home. Rebels managed another 5 runs , again even though we fielded really well. Scoreline 2-14
Top of the 5th we managed to get a few on base but Rebels again showed their dominance, only a single run from Stewart Pilling scored. We needed to pretty much shut them out to avoid the “mercy rule”. Some great pitching, a few outs and loads of banter, which even Paul Fagin (the umpire) joined in with. Saw the inevitable happen. The mercy rule played Final score 3-18.
All in all a brilliant game both sides seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves. Rebels were just too strong for us. What we lacked in experience, we really made up for in enthusiasm and banter! Our team is improving weekly so hopefully we should chalk up a win or 2 in our next couple of games.