Monday saw the beginning of the Oddfellows cup competition and the end of Joe Vickers' season as he jets off to Australia and South East Asia. Captain Pearson lost the toss and Almondbury Wes elected to bat. Rastrick started off well when Jordan Ghani removed opener Taylor with just 8 runs on the board. A good opening 10 overs ended well with Oliver Ashford removing Wes' number 3 leg before. After 10 overs Wes were 35 for 2. A frustrating 15 overs followed for Rastrick as both Jacob Waterson and Jack Pearson bowled tight spells to no avail. With Wes still having 8 wickets in the tent Matlub and Byrne were able to play more freely comfortably passing 50 a piece and happily gobbling up the pies they were being served by Oliver Pearson and Mitchell McCoach. With Wes looking in control and at 200 for 2, Joe Vickers got to work with the ball. Knowing this would be the last time this season he would turn out for the hill the part time off spinner produced his best piece of bowling to date finishing with 5 for 30 off his 7 overs and reducing Wes to just 241 off their 50 overs. Vickers was well supported by Ghani on his second spell as he finished with figures of 2 for 32 off 9.
Knowing that 241 was a good score Wes got the better of Rastrick removing Rowles, Birkhead and McCoach for just 8 runs between them. Waterson began the fight back by continuing his fine form and constantly keeping up with the run rate. Waterson was well supported by Oliver '20 and out' Ashford who the 3rd time running got into the 20's and yes you guessed it... Got out. Although Rastrick were well up with the run rate wickets were falling at regular intervals, and when Waterson fell in the 22nd over for another brilliant half century Rastrick were 5 down and needed a big score from somebody. Matthew 'grandad' Lambert and Inzaman Ul Vickers lead the counter attack putting the Wes bowling attack to the sword. The pair were able to settle in and keep the scoreboard ticking over. After being 110 for 5 both Joe and Lamby took the game away from Wes eventually taking the scoreboard to 220 before Matthew was removed for a fantastic 73. The day belonged to Vickers though as he finished 40* and seeing Rastrick over the line with more than 5 overs to spare.
As Inzaman Ul Vickers left the field with tears in his eyes he was pictured waving to his adoring fan (his mum) as she applauded him from within the clubhouse. Joe will be a huge loss to the team as he has been in good form so far but we wish him the best on his adventure and hoping he will come back next year better than ever.
Thanks to match ball sponsor KK Cars and a special thanks to tea ladies Emily and Pete Gill for their delicious teas on such short notice.