WOW! We have an amazing club now. Not that we didn't know that before, of course, but boy was yesterday special evidence of how we are progressing. Both BBI and BBB cleared out the opposition batsmen for 65 all out. Spooky in itself.
The BBInternationals' performance was one of the most complete and solid victories that I can remember for the club, in a match that was a definite potential 'banana skin'. Perfect bowling (it took 11 overs for the first delivery to find its way down the leg side - great work Mu and Greg!) was supported by great fielding (Ed with another screamer at slip that would have contested the 'best catch' award at this stage in any other season but he has himself to blame for it running a distant 2nd already this year) and then followed up with solid batting, Ed being Ed with 33 classy runs before making way in the most gentlemanly fashion (pretending to try to hit a straight one and kicking it instead) to allow the winning runs to be hit by BB Debut Man James Lloyd. Man of match award shared by team leaders (Andrew 4-22 and Ed for his 33) and quite simply couldn't ask for more.
BBBollix followed this up with a brilliant batting display to put the Kangas back on the ropes. Jim Doherty opened up the batting and I believe was still there at the end, scoring 60 runs along the way to very politely remain the 2nd-highest run scorer in his family this weekend (son Tom scored 62 on Saturday in a junior match) and to set up a great tally for Bollix. Jon Locke again proved handy with the new magic wand and the two put on a great 2nd wicket partnership, after Erno had also shown promising batting skills in seeing off several overs from the impressive Torok brothers. 147-3 was always going to be a challenge for the Kangas to chase in 25 overs but 'challenge' became 'impossible' once 11-year-old Tom Doherty got the ball in his hands. 4 for 11 including 3 clean bowled and a diving catch from Mark Bownas (no season is complete without at least one of these) was the bowling performance of the day, to add to Tom's great catch of a skied ball to send Steve Anthony off with a Golden Duck. Tom's bowling was ably assisted by wickets from other juniors Ralph and Andras (a great caught and bowled), from native player Erno (first wicket for the Baggy Blues!) and one from Mark Bownas too. The match also brought a debut game to another native Hungarian Baggy Blue, Attila Kiss. But the report on the match is not complete without special mention of the captaincy of BB Bollix. Already several emails have come to me praising the impressive work of Ralph Bownas, stepping in for unavailable skipper Dominic Arbuthnott. The two of them look set to provide great leadership to Bollix throughout the season ahead. Congratulations Ralph!
Throughout all the above we were also all enjoying the brilliant catering of our very own sponsor the Dog's Bollix, who have instantly transformed the GB in to a place that is very, very difficult to leave!
Finally, as if all the above wasn't enough to say 'What a perfect day', the biggest congratulations of all goes to Reg and Kate Redfern, who gave birth to a baby daughter on Saturday evening.
Cheers all and here's to doing it all again next weekend, this time at KAC.