Saturday XI 100 / 5 (37.1)
1st XI 99 / All out (31.5)
After the previous weeks washout, the Bears welcomed Marlborough to the Glasshouse. After the downpours that hit Bath on Friday this game would ave also been lost to the weather if not for the arrival of the brand new covers which meant the ground was looking a picture upon arrival.
The skipper won his second toss in as many games and asked the visitors to bat with the thought that the outfield would get quicker throughout the day.
Harris and Warren shared the new ball, the former bowling some ‘great pressure’ setting the tone well early for the Bears, however the main story of the day was being written from the other end. El Metrónomo was quickly into his work bowling is trademark tight lines and good areas, picking up both opening batsmen in his second over, one bowled and one to a good low catch by Gunning at extra cover. He then collected the number three bat LBW, number four to a fantastic diving catch at gully from Parkyn and after a brief counter attack that resulted in 4 boundary’s in as many balls, Warren had the last laugh and claimed a fifth and thoroughly deserved wicket caught by Strange at mid on.
A sixth wicket would follow in his last over meaning Warren would finish with figures of 9 Overs – 5 Maidens – 6 Wickets for just 21 runs, which (according to play cricket) are the second best figures ever for a Bear Flat Saturday league match of all time! El Metrónomo indeed! The rest of the Bears bowling attack then decided to chip in with the skipper picking up one, Ellis two wickets full tosses hit straight to fielders ‘late dipping and swinging deliveries and Newman returning from injury bowled 7 thoroughly boring overs collecting 1 wicket, Marlborough being bowled out for 99 In 31.5 overs.
A fantastic effort in the field and with the ball, special mention to the 40 club at cover and extra cover who stopped and caught everything that was hit at them despite nearly being separated like a couple of school children due to chat!
So with the Bears needing 100 runs to win De Souza and Bence walked out to open the batting. De Souza then walked back 3 balls later…. The 40 club were reunited as Gunning joined Bence and the pair settled the nerves for a while moving the score onto 20 before Mark ‘the best knicker in Wiltshire’ Gunning lived up to his name and was caught at slip.
Newman then joined Bence at the crease and looked calm, composed and in good touch. The pair moving the score onto 46 before Bence was well caught at long off for 19. Vesey then joined Newman and helped build another small partnership taking the smart attacking options where possible and defending solidly when required.
Vesey then fell to a wind assisted catch at mid on for 8 with the score on 70 and Strange followed with a De Souza like 3 ball shuttle from the boundary to the middle and back, the Bears on the sideline were playing it cool. Reeves who had made the journey up to support (or because of the promise of a night out) was still smiling from ear to ear, this was more than likely down to the mountain of chicken he had brought for lunch……….the rig never stops!
Parkyn joined Newman at the crease with 30 runs still required and the pair set about collecting the runs calmly in 1s and 2s before a flurry of boundaries (Parkyn’s trademark cover drive a particular highlight). Newman finished 43 not out after one of his most dogged innings I can recall, a mixture of solid defence, clever placement and of course powerful boundary hitting when required, the anchor of a tricky chase.
Another very important win. The Bears will be looking to continue this momentum away to Purton next weekend.