1st XI 121 / 6 (37.1)
Saturday XI 120 / All out (44)
After three weeks of wash outs the Saturday XI returned to action in glorious sunshine away to Marlborough CC. After being able to change inside (in limited numbers) instead of in a box on the floor the Bears ventured out to warm up at what is a ground with some of the best views in the league.
As seems to be the norm this year the skipper lost the toss although got his way in that the Bears were asked to bat. What followed however was not the best of starts, Bester fell in the second over nailing a pull shot at a diving square leg who somehow hung on. Newman was then removed by a ball that pitched middle & leg then graved the top of off and De Souza was adjudged LBW all to the same bowler.
Vesey and Wilson arrived at the crease with a rebuild job on their hands. The pair set about steadying the innings and looked to capitalise on any bad bowling. Credit to the hosts the bad bowling did not arrive and at drinks the Bears had reached 42-3. Vesey’s innings ended shortly after drinks succumbing to another ball that moved sharply off the surface.
Wilson however remained and, in all honesty, looked like he was batting on a completely different surface, showing solid defence and transitioning into brilliant attacking strokes eventually reaching a well complied 50 (well 53 when we realised, village I know!) before being bowled for a fantastic 56.
Gunning had been his usual composed self at the crease (16*) but was left with little support by the tail, the Bears finishing on 120 all out from 44 overs.
So 120 to defend, the Bears would of liked a few more but are well versed in defending low totals. The method was clear tight lines, make the batsmen play the pitch would help with the rest. Harris (0-11-2) and Warren (2-19-6.1) opened the bowling with the former succumbing to injury in his second over.
A pair of early changes meant Morris (2-25-9) and Parkyn (0-19-8) where brought into the attack. The pair built what pressure they could with the skipper beating the bat regularly, evident by Vesey’s hands who was once again flawless behind the stumps but a flurry of wickets was required but the bit of luck needed in low scoring games wasn’t quite there.
De Souza (2-20-6) and Newman (0-19-6) tried to provide the impetus but the scoreboard slowly but surely ticked towards the low total, the hosts eventually reaching 121-6 off 37.1 overs. Credit to the Bears who kept fighting till the end picking up 4 wickets in short time but it was always going to be a tough task defending 120.
So after three washouts where the Bears got 8 points a week we finally had some cricket and the result? 8 points! A great game played with a good competitive edge, the Bears will be looking to bounce back next week at home to Purton.