Saturday XI 220 / 2 (33.1)
1st XI 218 / 8 (40)
The sun was shining and the setting of the now fully redeveloped Glasshouse could not have looked better as the Bears’ pre-season campaign continued Saturday when local rivals Hinton Charterhouse were welcomed.
The Bears were able to call upon some familiar faces as veteran ex-allrounder Chris Bence and experienced batsman Rob Wilson returned to the XI for their first appearances of the season. Skipper Jay Morris lost the toss and the Bears found themselves bowling first on a great looking surface. The surface was playing as well as expected as the Hinton openers strolled to 68-0 as the Bears bowlers Nathan “metronome” Warren and Henry “H” Reeves (not to be confused with the elusive H who continues to escape AC12’s grasp) were punished for any slight fault in line and length. The breakthrough was found when slow (not spin) bowler Parkyn tossed his first ball up and the batsman edged to the falling (not diving) Wilson at point. Now the Bears were sucking diesel as wickets fell at regular intervals with skipper Morris (2-33) and Newman (4-30) the pick of the bowlers. With the help of Jay’s fielding and a few cameos, Hinton finished with a strong score of 218.
After meal-deals had been consumed the Bears were set to chase the total with Bence and De Souza opening the batting and what a start they made, with chemistry reminiscent of Arnott and Hastings conducting an interview, they put on a faultless 147 for the first wicket. BFCC legend Bence was batting with effortless fluency as he timed ball after ball to the fence and brought up a magnificent ton shortly after partner De Souza fell for a jug-avoiding 49. Bence saw the Bears home and finished unbeaten on 141 as the game was wrapped up with 7 overs to spare.
After such a great result the excitement levels are incredibly high for the beginning of the league season as the Bears travel to Swindon CC, the setting of many great BFCC moments; Sherring’s mid-season breakdown, George Ellis aqua-planing and Mark Gunning’s over the phone meltdown being just a few.