After a successful start to the season away at Frenchay, the 1st XI were hoping to repeat their magic at home to Bradley Stoke, newly promoted from the B&D First Division.
Thankfully this week there were no washing line related issues, although there was some rookie Whatsapp action from ‘Headlines’ Colebrook, detailing his Friday evening post-work sharking. This was suitable parked for the day until the fines session.
After a solid warm-up, (including the customary fake hamstring tear) William (the SF) Penny won the toss and elected to field first – more on this later.
Bradley Stoke started their innings with an absolute snorter from Pratty, cutting the batter in half, and just missing the stumps. Unfortunately for OBWs, this was as close as they came to getting a wicket for a while, as the Bradley Stoke opening pair attacked frequently, always finding the gaps, not always on purpose. Unlucky spells from Pratt and Swetman meant a change of bowling was required.
Up stepped ‘Jaws’ Colebrook to deliver 9 overs on the bounce up the Failand hill, much improved fitness showing from the new recruit, although with borrowed kit. The first wicket saw Laver (24) out LBW, which paved the way for Gareth (The Vet) Griffiths to make the second breakthrough shortly after, Peachey LBW (5).
Bradley Stoke continued to score freely, Peach (65) putting on a solid partnership with Farouk (17) before being bowled by Colebrook. The BSCC middle order finished the innings strongly, with a powerful 58* from Ashley Baber, and 37 from Owen Onslow. BSCC finished up on 225-5 (the last over costing Gareth Griffiths 18 runs, and 50p).
After a splendid Tea, OBWCC’s reply didn’t get off to the best of starts, Rob Fairbrother was strangled down the leg side for 4, and after some lusty blows from De Nobrega (Two beautiful sixes over extra) and Swetman, both fell in the teens. BSCC seeming to extract more from the Failand pitch in the second innings than OBWs managed in the first (Penny “it’s a green-top, will do all sorts early doors!”).
A similar pattern continued with Harris and Jacobs, before an excellent partnership between Captain Penny and OBWCC resident card shark, Lee. Penny scored a sprightly 44, including several quick 3s with only 1 leg (apparently), before being caught off Baber going for a maximum over Long On.
Lee (32) continued to hold the innings together with the tail, however the required rate continued to climb, and OBWCC eventually limped to 194ao in the 45th care-of two stumpings from a keeper standing back….. Daniel Laver ending up with figures of 4-41 from 8.3 overs.
Overall a frustrating day at Fortress Failand for the 1st XI, although there were a few positives to take into next week; an excellent performance behind the sticks from Kerry ‘Tamandua’ Lock, fewer wides and no no-balls.
Onwards and upwards next week away to our old friends in Timsbury.