Saturday 14 May – BFCC v Calne – Match Report

by | May 16, 2022 | Club, Match Report

Bear Flat CC
Saturday 1XI

249 / 5 (45)
Calne CC
1st XI

198 / All out (40.3)
Bear Flat CC - Saturday 1XI
WON BY 51 RUNS

This week’s fixture saw a recently relegated Calne side visit the Glasshouse in what promised to be a close encounter. The Bear’s one change saw George Ellis make way for the equally fragile Mark Gunning.

The Bears got off to an ideal start as Mike Staves provided another thought-provoking pre-match anecdote before toss captain Gunning won the toss and chose to bat on a warm day and dryish pitch. Openers Lear and Wilson began in much the same fashion as last week, calmly putting on a 50+ partnership against the new ball until Lear fell to an excellent catch for 43 from the bowling of Knight. In came match captain Joe De Souza who hit his stride straight away as Wilson fell for a well-crafted 58 after another good partnership of 49.

This brought to the crease star signing Mike Staves who departed shortly afterwards for 6, lbw to wily spinner Adams after an enthusiastic celebrappeal. Next in was ex number 4 and kit captain Ross Newman who got going straight away with brutal straight six a highlight. De Souza brought up an eyebrow raising 50 as the pair rattled on at a very good rate until Newman was caught trying to unleash another big shot. Hamish Bell was out in similar fashion for 3 as the Bears finished on a competitive 259 – 5 from their 45 overs, De Souza finishing on 82 not out.

After Lunchables/Hummus were consumed, the Bears were given a strong team talk from the captains as they set about defending the total. Opening the bowling was mature student and clean lifestyle enthusiast Tom Harris and admin captain Jay Morris. After a slightly sloppy start coming down the hill, TH took the first wicket removing Butler with a perfect yorker. From the other end Morris was typically accurate and was creating chances regularly. He then removed numbers 3 and 4 with consecutive deliveries, Sylvester falling caught well by Staves before Knight was bowled first ball by a beauty.

There was a brief quiet period as the batsman played steadily and new bowlers Reeves and Newman bowled decent areas to keep the run-rate down. After a sharp burst from H, full-toss specialist Parkyn came on to bowl some ‘spin’. In his 4th over Calne lost two more wickets, dogged opener Doel falling LBW before Adams was bowled after Parkyn turned the ball for the first time since 2012. Fellow ‘spinner’ De Souza bowled tidily from the other end taking a wicket, Calne no.7 Dickinson came in and batted fluently, hitting boundaries regularly as he and Parker put on 72 for the 7th wicket. The Bears needed someone to step up and that man was Reeves, Paul’s second favourite son, bowled an excellent death spell, mixing up his lengths and bowling with typical sharpness, the wicket of Dickinson from an excellent Gunning catch really gave the Bears some momentum. From the other end Jay Morris again kept it tight even bowling a very very slow bouncer to deceive the batsman. Harris returned to take the last wicket as Calne were bowled out for 198, securing a 51-run win for the Bears.

On to next week as we look forward to hosting old rivals Winsley and welcoming ex-Bear and May-July specialist Mike Sherring to the Glasshouse…..