Catches win matches as the old saying goes, a truism demonstrated by Manderston against Bamburgh on Sunday with all ten opposition wickets being taken by fielders.
With the first three chances being snaffled expertly by captain Alec Sim at point – the second a breathtaking leap to take it over his shoulder – to leave visitors Bamburgh reeling on 7 for 3, the rest of the team made sure they followed suit.
Opening bowlers James Connington and Dave Ebner not only took wickets but bowled with great control, with four maidens in the first 10 overs. The change bowlers were perhaps a bit looser but even so runs were hard to get on an outfield wet from rain.
The last few wickets came quickly, with Bamburgh using only 28 of their overs to score a modest 94 all out. As well as virtually every chance being taken, the rest of the ground fielding was outstanding, Dave Ebner’s diving stop and quick throw to run out an indecisive batsman - the youngest player at 13 years old – being the pick.
In reply Manderston’s started slowly, but Mark Connington and Alec Sim joined for a decisive partnership of 66 runs, taking the home side to within a sliver of victory before Mark sliced Richard Aslept to gully. However, Alec and Duncan Sim brought matters to a conclusion, with Alec showing no mercy to young bowler Spiers, who was unlucky to have him dropped twice towards the end of the innings. Alec’s 55 not out was in a class above the rest with six fours on a slow pitch.