A bright start and iconic backdrop greeted the captains at the toss, where Jack Harvey decided to bowl first after calling correctly. Mike Fulham and Gareth Thomas (on his club debut) provided a strong opening spell; taking an early wicket and keeping the scoring the rate down, with Fulham being unlucky not to pick up two in his opening spell, as an edge dropped short of slip.
The introduction of the spinners saw Bedminster’s batsmen take advantage of the short boundaries to pick up the scoring rate and put on a 96 run partnership. The partnership was finally broken by the introduction of skipper Jack Harvey into the attack, who also went on to dismiss Bedminster’s remaining opening batsmen, George Russell, who made a near-flawless 111. Jack and Hoggy then bowled in tandem to stem the flow of runs and dismiss the entirety of Bedminster’s middle order. A special mention goes to Jack who finished his 9-over spell with a five-wicket haul.
With the tail in and not a lot of overs left in the innings, Bedminster’s remaining batsmen were looking for quick runs. Despite wickets falling to both seamers in the final overs, their tail scored freely, with their No. 10 making 29 off just 114 balls.
JT and Hoggy opened the innings and walked out to the middle in conditions that were significantly more overcast and chilly than those in the first innings. Both of Bedminster’s opening bowlers bowled tight lines and were getting some movement off the pitch, making scoring difficult. With the openers gone to each opening bowler, bad went to worse as some calamitous calling resulted in the run-out of the captain, with the score at 21-3.
The middle order dug in and showed that it was possible to survive, however scoring was made difficult by more tight bowling and excellent fielding from Bedminster. This was exemplified by the stunning catch taken in the slip cordon to dismiss Beachy. Jon hung around with the tail to try and bat us to respectability, however wickets kept falling and we were finally all out for 111.
Some wayward bowling and the loss of regular wickets made this quite the uphill task, but with Fulham and Harvey performing brilliantly again and multiple batsmen making starts, there is reason enough to be buoyant about next week’s home fixture against Brislington CC.