How does a cricket ball move feet? On June 2 in Birmingham’s Lord’s Taverners John Bright Trophy corporate cricket tournament, DTZ opening bowler Chris Blackburn had solicitors Wragge & Co in deep trouble with a bewildering display of accurate inswing bowling.
Cutting the ball back sharply from outside off-stump on a sultry summer’s evening at Britannic Park, Moseley, Chris took 2-8.
But unfortunately for the real estate advisers, trophy rules restricted him to two eight ball overs and Wragges recovered well, losing no more wickets scoring 154/2 in their allotted 16 eight-ball overs.
Tom Stockley, Jay Lutwyche and Craig Taylor all reached the batting retirement score of 35 for the Birmingham solicitors. Then DTZ were dismissed for just 70 with William Clarke (22) offering the main resistance in the only match in Week 6 of the tournament.
There was a fine trophy debut by Wragge’s trainee Tom Gray, who took two impressive catches at deep mid-wicket as well as taking 2-7. And Stockley completed a man of the match performance taking 3-9 following his unbeaten 38.
But full marks to DTZ’s Chris Blackburn for adding to his bowling feat the game’s Champagne Moment: a spectacular slapstick run-out. Falling flat-out and losing his bat after slipping in mid-wicket, Chris tried in vain to crawl to safety but was well short of his ground.
Suffering jet lag after a New Zealand holiday was his excuse for the mishap.
Week 6 result
Wed June 2 – Wragge & Co 154/2 in 16 overs (T Stockley 38 rtd, J Lutwyche 37 rtd, C Taylor 35 rtd, C Blackburn 2-8) DTZ 70 in 10.2 overs (W Clarke 22, T Stockley 3-9, S Nore 3-11, T Gray 2-7, M Ali 1-3). Wragge & Co won by 84 runs.