Jack Cox Semi-final against IT Services at Balliol College Ground. Twenty overs.
Going one step further than last year Bodley won the semi-final of the Jack Cox Plate competition against IT Services on Tuesday the 7th. IT looked a strong side, and having won the toss put themselves in bat. Josh opens and immediately the opener scores boundaries but all off edges and nicks behind square. Pretty soon his luck runs out, spooning one up to point where Dave Busby runs round to take a good catch from Josh. Dave catching well at moment, this one not as hard a chance as the Renault effort last week but a more important wicket. After that Bod bowl well, James, Phil and Leigh keep things quiet (11 off 3 for both Phil and Leigh, with three wickets for the latter, James going for not much more) which slowed the scoring rate down a lot. Crucially Bodley held on to their catches; Dom, James, Leigh, Josh and Matthew as well as Dave all deserving credit. The catches taken by Josh and Matthew (one of two for the skipper) were excellent, diving efforts to get to the ball, while Leigh, who had already nabbed a caught and bowled took one of the best catches behind the stumps when going down to his left to get a threatening bat out. Matthew came on at the end and bowled a tight line to finish things off, going for hardly any while clean bowling someone who’d scored big against us in the past. IT 113 off their 20.
In reply Bod start with Matthew and David Shackleton. Both get us started but then both are caught, Matthew unluckily from an edge to the wickie while David well caught on the boundary. James then does what James has done pretty much all season, steadies the ship and scores, but Bod have a bit of a wobble during his innings. Leigh looks in good nick and scores what seems a good 6 only to walk off, much to the confusion of his teammates. Shouts of get back on, you’ve not reached retirement yet stop as we realise in going for the shot he’s trodden on his stumps. Tim looks set and then is out, Josh is out first ball to an unplayable yorker but Dom is slowly acquiring runs and with only two overs left we need about twenty. James retires after passing 30, and the author of this report goes in with orders from the skipper to go for it as we have batsmen left and James to come back in, and to get Dom to anchor. Thankfully Dom ignores this, scoring 3 fours in 4 balls he takes us past the IT total and into the final. Amazeballs.
Comedy moment comes from the 12th man. Not expecting to play he lends first his boots to Leigh and then his top to Andy. Following a lack of understanding in the basic numerical system it seems that we only have 10, not the expected 11 so the 12th man, with a borrowed top to replace the borrowed top he’s lent someone else goes out in work shoes and trousers. He then proceeds to drop one, not go for one that could have been caught, use his feet fielding on the boundary with the inevitable results, bowls pie and is out for 0. Still, we’re in the final.