In 2004, Iain Dowie coined the phrase ‘bouncebackability’. In 2006, it entered the Oxford English Dictionary. In 2015, it found a new definition: All Cannings Cricket Club.
As the sun set on Saturday night, eleven heroes strode from the field, victorious. Eleven Titans, who together stared the spectre of last weekend’s humiliation in the face and smashed it to the ground. Having sunk to new depths in Division 3 after being embarrassed by Wilcot, they travelled to league leaders Biddestone 3 and delivered a performance that will ring through the ages.
Bowling first, Harry Easton and Rory McQuaid restricted the home side’s runs before Graham Mansell and Garreth Robb came on and took a couple of wickets, with ‘Lethal’ Lee Billet closing down everything that came near him in the field. A moment of controversy threatened to ruin the occasion as Biddeston’s highest scoring batsman edged behind a nick to loud that everyone in the ground heard it, only for the umpire to give it not out. With Cannings rattled, the home side upped the pace and began to produce some big shots before a few late wickets had them ending up on 208-9.
With a target set way beyond anything they have yet scored this season, Cannings had to score well from the start and Mansell and Robb did just that. Everyone chipped in with their fair share of runs, including debutant Doug Dickson who, in his first game for six years, scored a 25 which included one mammoth six. The highlight, though, was Jake Rogers, who scored a 62 which was not only his first ever Cannings half century- something the entire team celebrated with delight- but negotiated a difficult middle period and put them in a strong position to win the game. He was finally bowled soon after nearly taking out our most loyal supporters with a six, but his work was done. With Cannings favourites but the game in the balance, McQuaid held firm to frustrate the bowlers before Hugo Saye, as the senior player, decided to take responsibility for getting the team over the line. Advancing down the wicket to the opposition captain, he sent a four to the boundary before dispatching a huge six right back over the bowler’s head. The final two runs were celebrated wildly and Cannings enjoyed a well deserved team victory in which everyone played their part.
Credit should also go to the hosts, who provided a match which was both thrilling and extremely good natured throughout. We look forward to seeing them again on July 25th. Next up, Cannings are back at home looking to continue this new-found form against Ramsbury next Saturday.