Sunday XI 200 / All out (30)
Sunday XI 194 / 6 (30)
The Sunday Bears were away at the picturesque Winsley.
Start was delayed by an hour and a half due to the water on the wicket. Approval was sought from the groundstaff to use an alternative wicket at the other side of the square. The delay meant the game was limited to 30 overs, and Winsley went into bat first.
Despite the best efforts of Damien Cull, Calen Joubert and Ollie Cox, Winsley got to 100 in 9 overs, the highlight of this dark period was the youth. Luke Stringer was solid behind the stumps, and Ebbers Junior majestically fielding anything coming to him with absolutely nothing behind the ball apart from his hands – oh the confidence of youth!
The next 16 overs were more successful, having both got to 50 both openers were retired and things became more evenly matched. Chucky bowled his normal tight line and length, picking up 3 for 7 off 4 overs in his first spell, things also improved for Ollie having seen the back of those bludgeoning openers he managed to take 1 for 29 off 5 overs. Wickets continued to fall regularly and we all realised that if we bowled them out, we would see the return of the talented openers. This realisation may have led to an edge behind neatly caught by Luke being deemed having only flicked the pads, giving a young man another go as he was probably (definitely) stumped first ball in true Sunday spirit!
Number ten was eventually dismissed and out came the first opener. In the previous 16 overs 55 runs were scored, 5 overs remained with 155 on the board. Sadly their number 11 was dismissed and out came their second opener. Both picked up where they left off and Winsley finished on 217 for 9, as Sam caught one of them on the boundary at mid on.
In reply for the Bears, out came the experienced Damien Cull and youthful James Ebdon. They gelled beautifully giving the Bears a solid start with text book defensive shots. The more they played themselves in the easier it became for them, James accelerating away with shots all round the ground, the best shot being a square hook for 6 on a big boundary, unbelievable scenes.
James eventually fell for 58, one to remember for him and everyone watching. Damien hung around a bit longer, hit back to back fours before falling to a very good catch on 45.
Middle overs were a battle, rain was falling and the game was slipping away. Heywood and Gooding put on a partnership of 70, with some dodgy running and riding luck with some dropped catches. Sadly the Bears finished on 194, 6 runs short. Heywood 38, Gooding 46.
The scoreboard may have said otherwise, but today was a triumph of spirit over adversity, youth over age. The Sunday XI just goes from strength to strength…..