The year is 2016 and the stage is East Lodge Lane the home of Botany Bay CC. After winning the toss Macca's 3s were looking to set a big total to establish a good position in the 10B table. With the score at 109 the opportunity arose for the Chairman Jon Smith, coming in at 6, to cause havoc amongst the Botany Bay ranks. A mixture of rotating the strike well with smart singles and hard hitting to the boundary off the bad balls allowed him to work his way to an excellent 77 including 8 fours. He eventually fell in the last over but had got the team to 282 which seemed to be far too much for Botany Bay. This proved the case as in response they could only muster together 109 meaning that the Chairman's knock proved match winning and gave the 3's a big 30 points in their hunt for promotion.
We now travel back to 2012 for a memorable knock of 87 made by 'El Presidente' Tristan Smith. Opening the batting against Boxmoor, he hoped to establish a big total that could be defended at Gypsy Corner. As batsmen fell around him Tristan ensured he kept his wicket intact and continued to tick over. As he settled into his innings he became more comfortable and the ball regularly found it's way to the boundary especially through the offside. After he fell 13 runs shy of his ton the game already seemed out of reach for Boxmoor as largely thanks to Tristan's memorising knock the 3s finished on 259. In response, they mustered 122 on what looked to be a difficult pitch which again showed what a valuable knock Tristan's was.
The final throwback of this week's edition takes us back to 2010 to a 2s fixture away at West Herts. After losing the toss, the 2s were asked to field and struggled due to the quick outfield to really build any significant pressure. The highlight of the innings being Nigel's quick work behind the stumps off the bowling of Rob Jones to stump West Herts number 3. In response, the 2s struggled to establish any notable scores and scrapped there way to 99-7. In walks the club's fixture sec and alongside Andy Tullis put on 114 for the 8th wicket. Nigel was the aggressor of the 2 and dispatched the ball to the boundary with ease. His leg side dominant style caused heightened levels of panic in the outfield as the game which looked easily won now was far from it. As Nigel fell for a better than a run-a-ball 70 the 2s required 44 more runs to give them a shock victory. Unfortunately, this was not the case. They were bowled out for 231 but Nigel's knock will forever go down in OE's history.
Make sure to check out next weeks edition where we look at the club highest run scoring family. The Heavey's
Updated 17:35 - 7 Jun 2018 by Charlie Busby