Saturday XI 139 / All out (45)
1st XI 143 / 3 (21.5)
This week the Bears welcomed Purton CC to the Glasshouse looking to bounce back from a disappointing performance last week. The skipper once again lost the toss but on an unusually warm afternoon for the Glasshouse, the Bears were asked to bat which would have been the preferred method for the day.
What followed however was not part of the plan. The match started 15 minutes late after the skipper agreed to the delay as a couple of the Purton players were stuck in traffic due to an accident.
Scores were 9-0-1-7-0-10 (another anchoring role from Vesey who again showed fight and determination in the face of a collapse). The skipper then chipped a ball to mid-off for 8 and Mainwaring dug in bravely, dodgey shoulder and all, but soon fell for 5.
The Bears were soon 57-8 which became 78-9 when the returning Shreyas Malhotra walked to the crease to meet Tom (boom boom, I play southern prem) Harris in the 29th over. The pair looking to bat the overs to scrape any runs they could find did just that, with Harris showing his batting class (feels odd writing that) with many eye catching strokes particularly over extra cover and Shreyas (who once hit 180 odd in a kids game on a 12 yard boundary) playing his own range of expansive shots, including an outrageous flamingo flick over mid-wicket (I know, my way with words puts Bence to shame).
Harris was eventually ran out on the last ball of the innings for 49 with Shreyas finishing unbeaten on 28, the pair had put on 61 in a chanceless partnership that pushed the score to 139 off 45 overs and gave the Bears some hope!
What you need when defending a low total is two things, early wickets and a bit of luck. The first part as delivered in the first over with the skipper trapping their opener LBW 5th ball.
Unfortunately this brought Davies to the crease who was a class above on the day, after his spell of 3-17 had ripped the heart out of the Bears batting line up, he then stroked his way to 65, he did give an early chance popping one up close but falling agonisingly short of the fielders and a second chance while on 30 which wasn’t taken but didn’t fall short of a fielder……. Purton knocked off the winning runs in the 22nd over, 143-3.
Another disappointing week for the Bears, roll on next weekend and a visit to Chippenham.