Saturday 1XI 122 / All out (38.2)
1st XI 194 / All out (43.1)
Recently relegated Avebury were the Bear’s first league opponents of the season visiting a resplendent glasshouse, with fully functional clubhouse and stunning looking pitch. Bear Flat welcomed back their captain, Mark Gunning, for his first start of the season, and Wilson, embarking on his 30th season of adult cricket.
Looking to take the game by the horns, Gunning opted to bowl first, on a pitch that looked like it might offer a little early on. Some aggressive bowling and fortunate shot play yielded some early ariel opportunities, but nothing fell to hand. Fortunately, the Bears managed to make an early breakthrough removing one opener (LBW b Harris) and a quick team double strike (including an excellent catch by H. Reeves) left Avebury at about 50-3. An enterprising innings of 78 (NAME UNSURE), brought Avebury much closer to a respectable score, before The Henforcer (Reeves) came on to bowl sharply and accurately, removing the lower middle order (finishing with 7-0-21-3). Avebury bowled out for 194.
The Bears felt they were in with a good chance. Unfortunately, losing two quick wickets (Lear and de Souza) left the Bears struggling at 16-2, making the run chase a great deal more difficult. Despite some digging in from Wilson, Staves (39) and Newman (30), the Bears couldn’t ever get back on track and finished 122ao.
Despite showing some promise, and plenty of positive signs, the Bears finished 72 runs shy, in a disappointing first competitive fixture of the year. However, plenty to learn from and move on with into next week’s away game against newly promoted Malmesbury.
Next week also marks the start of the second team’s league campaign, against Wells CC. Followed by a fixture against a renegade University of Bath spin off XI. See you all there.