By Chief Correspondent Simon Pratt
Old Bristolians & Westbury 1st XI travelled to Timsbury for their third game of the season having one won and lost one. The game was played on a lovely sunny day and upon arrival, the prepared wicket looked like a decent track upon which to bat; in fact, so much so that having won the toss, the home team elected to bat first.
The visitors got off to a good start, dismissing one of the openers in the first over. Timsbury rallied through the attacking batting of Sage who quickly augmented the score and looked to be a threat worth worrying about. The game turned again when MacArthur – who ended up with 9-0-25-3 – took the vital wicket of Sage with the score at 39-3. Thereafter Timsbury looked a somewhat spent force on a wicket which transpired not to be the batsman’s paradise it promised to be. However, Timsbury’s impotence was in no small part down to excellent fielding from OBW, in particular the debutant Will Rudd, and to the good bowling of the OBW’s change bowlers, in particular the excellent spell bowled by Swetman who ended with enviable figures of 9-5-10-3. The home team did have a late surge but in the end, could only muster 128 all out in 36.1 overs.
In reply Old Bristolians & Westbury made light work of chasing the meagre total posted by the hosts. The pitch which Timsbury made look hard to bat on did not look so bad with the visitors batting. The opening partnership of 109 between Swetman (60) and De Nobrega (44) put the result beyond doubt. A measured innings from De Nobrega was complemented by one of flair from Swetman, reminiscent of his exhilarating innings at Knowle several years ago. Although OBW lost three wickets late in the chase, they bore no real effect upon the result. This was an extremely competent performance too good for Timsbury; a great result for OBWCC and back to winning ways. Onward to next week, home to Coalpit Heath. #gopirates!