Saturday XI vs Swindon 2nd XI
Bears 170-9 45 overs
Swindon 19-0 6 overs
For the second time in three weeks the weather put paid to most of the action in Division 1 of the Wiltshire County Cricket League, with the Bears’ match at Swindon falling victim to the weather just after the tea interval.
The abandonment, with the home side left on 19-0 chasing the Bears’ 170-9, resulted in 11 priceless points for Mark Gunning’s charges as the Saturday XI continue their fight against relegation.
Earlier in the day Gunning had won the toss and decided to bat on a good pitch and lightning fast outfield; however after a solid start from the skipper (21) and Pete Wood, it was a case of same story, different week, with the Bears losing wickets with alarming regularity to slump to 77-7, despite Jack Mainwaring’s combative 18.
That the visitors managed to reach 170 from their 45 overs was in no small measure down to Simon Cox, the veteran all rounder valiantly shepherding the tail with valuable assistance from George Ellis (15), the returning Paul Wood (18) and son, Ollie Cox (6*).
But it was the Club Captain’s assured 61 from 70 balls that was the undoubted highlight of the Bear Flat total; an innings containing nine boundaries and featuring a newly found fondness for the on side from a player formerly renown for booming cover drives.
In response, Swindon had advanced to 19 without incident before the persistent drizzle intensified further, leaving the umpires with no choice but to bring the game to an early conclusion some 45 minutes later.
Next week the Bears face relegation rivals Nationwide House at The Glasshouse in a fixture that may well decide who survives and who falls through the trapdoor into Division 2.
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