1st XI 90 / All out (34.3)
Saturday 1XI 94 / 4 (16.5)
And so to the second week of the Bear’s season, and the first game for most teams in Wiltshire Division 1, including this week’s opposition Malmesbury CC. The Bears boasted one change from last week’s defeat to Avebury, the olive-skinned Josh Parkyn returning to bolster the spin options.
The Bears arrived 6 hours (1 hour) early to begin a soothingly intense (completely normal) warm up. They began with some gentle catching, followed by some rollerball, which the “Young’uns” won convincingly. Subsequently performing close pair catches off the ramp, followed by sky-ers and ground fielding. Before splitting off to do some extra fielding or bowling. A warm up that did not escape the notice of the opposition social media manager. The stand-in skipper (de Souza) lost the toss and the Bears were sent out to field on a sunny May Saturday afternoon.
The pitch had a green tinge to it which excited the opening bowlers, the ever optimistic Admin Captain (Morris) and campus navigational expert (Tom Harris). And so it was to be exciting, from a bowling point of view at least. Harris bowled with control and zip to claim an early scalp. Soon after the natural gully fielder (Staves) held onto a slashed cut off Morris. Harris picked up another wicket before both opening bowlers were given a rest to let this season’s chief wicket takers have a go at a reeling Malmesbury batting order.
Ellis, following on from several weeks of terrific form, immediately put pressure on the middle order with bowling partner Reeves taking a smart diving catch at backward square leg. The constant pressure then leading to a run out (again from Reeves). The rest of the wickets came slowly but cheaply for the Bears. Leaving the final two wickets for the rabbit master (Reeves) to mop up, once his father had arrived.
The Bears knew that chasing 91 would be comfortable providing they got off to a secure start. This was delivered perfectly with Lear (40) and Wilson (23) playing fluently. After Wilson’s departure the runs continued to flow until a mere 4 were required. Losing three quick wickets (the less said about these the better) the Bears eventually stuttered home, victors by 6 wickets.
An excellent first win of the league season, away from home, ready to hit the next week’s fixture at the Glasshouse versus Calne with confidence. Amazing what a good warm up can do…