Saturday XI 235 / 5 (45)
2nd XI 195 / All out (41)
After yet another tight loss last week the Bears turned up to a picturesque Glasshouse with the sun beating down, knowing it would be a warm day either batting or bowling. Their opponents in this relegation-must-win clash were Burbage. For the first time since the use of shillings, the Bears won the toss, and skipper Morris delightfully elected to bat.
Wilson and de Souza strode out to open. After a circumspect start and the loss of Wilson, Gunning and de Souza pressed on, increasing the scoring rate (yes, you read that correctly). The former at his nurdling best shepherding the Bears (do Bears need a shepherd?) with an incredibly hard worked 97. The innings taking it’s toll on the BFCC stalwart, leaving him pale of face and empty of stomach after unluckily hitting a full toss to square leg. In the absence of the fitness fiend Newman, the finisher’s role was left to debutant R. Cadbury who performed excellently with flowing drives and cuts advancing to 37 before selflessly running himself out on the last ball in pursuit of further runs. The Bears finished on a marginally over par 235.
The Bears knew that the game was far from won. A flat pitch and rapid outfield meant that they would have to bowl well. They started tightly, with El Metrónomo (Warren) forging his craft at one end. Cruelly, The Notorious B.I.Gee (Ellis) had to withdraw from the attack after two overs due to a knee injury. Leaving de Souza to take up the reigns bowling a seam up spell in earnest for the first time in three years. Tight bowling led to an early wicket, but Burbage progressed nicely with young opener, Woodford putting away wayward deliveries to ensure the game hung in the balance. Two wickets from the Peasedown Murali (Morris) put the bears marginally in control at the half way mark. Time for BFCC stalwart number two to step forward. C. Bence bowled a masterful spell, claiming 4 wickets and ably supported by Cadbury from the other end to ensure the Bears won comfortably by 40 runs.
An important win, giving the Bears much needed points and momentum heading into next week’s away game at Beckington.