Sunday XI 174 / 5 (40)
Sunday XI 176 / 6 (29)
The Sunday XI were spoilt this weekend. An away fixture on a beautiful WEPL Wiltshire ground, two league umpires (big thanks to Eddie Kane and Rich Bahadoor, the ultimate club men!) and great weather considering it was the first weekend of May.
To avoid the risk of being perceived as a little too keen, the Bears scrapped the 12:30 warm-up. Besides, it’s common knowledge Pete Wood arrives ready to go. With that avoided, the Bears did what every good Sunday side does, stared at the pitch as if suddenly expert groundsman and strolled around the outfield until news of the coin toss. For once, The Bears called correctly and asked Westbury & District CC to bat first.
The afternoon started off looking long. The probing Damien Cull (8-0-32-0) proved unable to prise the clearly talented Greavtly (35) from the crease. Smiling faces turned to panic as the realisation of chasing a ball around for 40 overs set in. After a stiff (bodily) two over spell from Nathan Warren (2-0-7-0), Calen Joubert (8-0-45-1) facilitated the much-needed breakthrough, holding his nerve with a good length after some prior treatment, a simple catch taken by Rowan Fisher.
The word of the season for the Sunday Bears is discipline. Consistent line and length built pressure on Westbury CC. The first 30 overs of the innings punctuated by momentary breakthroughs kept the total down. Highlights included Rowan Fisher’s excellent run-out and James Ebdon’s lifting delivery superbly caught behind by Nathan Warren.
Enter, Edmunds (33 n.o). With the innings faltering, Edmunds assured performance saw Westbury CC accumulate quickly to amass a competitive 174 for 5 from their allotted 40 overs.
After the Westbury innings turned into a game of fetch, it seemed Cull the Gull (40 – hit up Mark Gunning for coaching, it obviously works) and Pete Wood (43) wanted to return the favour. A first wicket partnership of 80 in less than ten overs saw the run rate diminish to less than two an over. Surely the Bears couldn’t lose it from here!?
Successive breakthroughs saw the Bears falter to 140 for 5. It was left to James Ebdon, Joe Heywood and Ollie Cox to see the Bears over the line. James looked assured throughout, cementing his place in the Bear Flat batting line up for months to come. After an unfortunate miscue by Joe, Ollie debuted a few “never seen before” pull shots to finish the Bear Flat innings in style.
Again, big thanks to Eddie, Rich, Fi (for organising) and Westbury CC for hosting. Next week sees the Bears travel to Winsley CC, another treat!