BFCC Sunday XI vs Lansdown (A) – BFCC win by 6 wickets
Lansdown 301 – 5, 40 overs
Bears 302 – 4, 38.4 overs
The Bears travelled the short distance to Lansdown on one of the hottest days of the year. Having lost the toss The Bears were put into the field as Lansdown chose to bat, on a scorched pitch virtually guaranteed to produce a high scoring game.
Lansdown set the pace at a cracking rate, with the first wicket not falling until 79 runs were on the board. Lansdown’s batsmen put on a fine show with Dan Veal 74, skipper Andy Cox 79, and Mike.Jones 56 not out.
With the heat not abating in the slightest, The Bears approached the task in hand with trepidation – to score 302 runs would be a club first. With four wickets down for 69 runs between them, the supporting crowd were optimistic if not hopeful. They had not bargained for the discipline and application of Ross Newman and Jack Mainwaring however.
When the 200 went up on the board The Bears’ players and supporting camp started to get mildly excited. Both Ross and Jack were batting well, seemed both comfortable and confident at the crease, and showed no signs of responding to the types of balls which could result in the loss of a wicket.
The pair cruised to scoring the final runs required with eight balls to spare. The only disappointment on a day where Bear Flat CC history was made, was that their selfless partnership resulted in neither of them achieving a well deserved century, with Ross closing on 98 and Jack on 96 runs.
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