It is probably fair to say that the opening weekend was a mixed bag as far as results go, with 2 wins and 2 defeats for the club.
Stu Macarthur took his 1st XI to Bath and despite 4-45 from Griff, Bath scored 262-8 in their 50 overs. The run chase never really got going however, with Stu commenting that “batting wise we didn’t turn up today”, as only Tav (36), Kinger (28) and Ash Joyner (10) made it into double figures.
After a couple of tough seasons, the 2nd XI started off at home to Old Down and quickly amassed an excellent first innings score of 363-5 after winning the toss and electing to bat first. After JT had been removed early, Alex Harris (94) and Stevie Jacobs (123) put on a monster second wicket partnership which laid the platform for some hard hitting towards the end of the innings.
That was always going to prove a difficult target to chase, and thanks to 4-43 from Pratty and 3-59 from Bazza the 2s went on to win by 120 runs.
New captain Tom Rivers took his 3rd XI to Briska and was invited to bat first. Only 2 batters made it out of single figures, but opener Jon Sheeran went big and scored his first ton for the club finishing on 111 not out as the side scored 172-9 off their 40 overs. Despite an excellent spell of 8 overs 1-9 for Randal Leonard, Briska went on to win by 5 wickets with 5 overs to spare.
Midsummer Norton were the visitors to Failand to play against Craig Strachan’s 4th XI. Before the game the captain commented that this was the first time in his 5 years as captain that he’d been able to field 11 cricketers on the opening day of a season – a real testament to the hard work put in by all the captains leading up this weekend.
Strachan won the toss, surprised nobody by electing to bowl first, and promptly upset the Midsomer opening batter by clean bowling him with the first ball of the game. From there the side continue to regularly chip away at the wickets with all the bowlers contributing towards bowling the opposition out for 172.
After tea Nathan Williams, in his new role opening the batting, played very well for his 27 but it was left to Pops (87 not out) and debutant Josh Shaw (33 not out) to wrap up a 9 wicket victory inside 26 overs.
That result sees the 4s standing at the top of the league (yes, we know it’s only after one game) for the first time in as long as anyone can remember!