Woods wickets see Borderers to their second win.
Hold back the river by wet wet wet is the only relevant soundtrack for the storm that was brewing. Borderers turned up to HQ to what was a very moist pitch.
After an hour and a half of super soaker rolling the pitch met the standards of the East Sussex village cricket league...... at best. After some strong negotiations from skipper Edwards and some whining from the opposition skipper it was decided to delay the start of the game by an hour.
At 2:30pm Borderers took to the field after another toss won from captain Benno. Up stepped opening bowler extraordinaire Callum Wood, who 10 minutes earlier had told his team he was willing to put his body on the line to prove that the pitch was too wet to bowl on. With South African umpire Danckert disputing the use of sawdust prior to the first ball being bowled, Wood anticipated a slippy one and a slippy one it was. With the slide of his front foot and a late release of the ball a bouncer materialised and the batsman found himself casting a line, resulting in an easy caught behind for makeshift wicketkeeper and leader Edwards.
Support from Daniel “Heuey" Heuston was greatly appreciated while Wood continued to bombard the opposition batsmen with a display of fine bowling reminiscent of his more talented brother Emmerson. Having prematurely forced the game on Borderers, it was the home teams intentions to give Isfield a game. Borderers certainly acted on those intentions as Isfield found themselves 8/5 off just 8 overs. The carnage didn't stop there and with good bowling displays from all 3 Borderers bowlers, Isfield ended all out for 46 off 31 overs. Wood (16-4-31-7), Heuston (7.2-3-5-3) Freeman (8-4-8-0).
A quick change around allowed power duo Heuston and Teague the opportunity to make use of the wicket which can now only be likened to the Sahara desert. At this point of the game with little to report on, the pair completed their job knocking the total off in only 8 overs (Heuston 26*, Teague 21*). Finally a mention to the much deserved man of the match Callum Wood for his 16 overs of devastating bowling including 7 wickets.
Next weekend Borderers travel to face their old friends Newhaven CC in what is sure to be a spicy contest.