Bright skies and warm sunshine welcomed the 2nd XI and their opponents to Failand for the third game of season, a matchup between a side with two wins to start the season and one with two defeats.
A much-changed side led by experienced campaigner Richard Haydon opted to field first and despite some early runs coming in the first 2 or 3 overs, the skipper and his opening partner Omer Basharat soon found their lines and made life difficult for the opening pair of Nutt and Moore.
Haydon took the wicket of Nutt, caught by Gareth Thomas at mid-on, before also removing Thomas to a sharp catch at first slip by Jonny Sheeran. Orrsy replaced Omer from the top end and bowled beautifully, unlucky to only take the one wicket in his 9 over spell, whilst The Chairman replaced Haydon bowling up the hill and took one of the most fortuitous wickets ever seen in 2nd team cricket – caught beautifully by Ribbons at mid-wicket as the batter looked to smear a short ball to the leg-side boundary.
Strachan returned the favour, taking a catch at square leg for one of Ribbons’ two wickets whilst Gareth Thomas also chipped in as the home side restricted Brislington to 181 all out.
In reply James Taylor got the side off to a positive start before playing back to, and missing, a straight one for 27. Matt Tavare picked up where JT had left off, though playing a more cautious game to begin with as he settled in.
Strachan came and went quickly, needing to dash off to a wedding reception in Cheltenham. Whilst getting himself ready, Strachan was heard talking to Orrsy in the changing rooms, with the latter exclaiming “If we can get it down to 30-40 runs needed when I come in to bat, and there’s a decent batter still there, I’ll stick around and help us win the game.”
At 139-6, with 42 required for victory, Orrsy strode to the crease (apparently – I’m making this all up now as I’d left for the wedding reception!), his confident prediction having come to pass. Now all he had to do was stick around, support Tav, and surely victory would be ours.
Turns out, it was.
Orrsy was right – he scored a valiant 4 not out (one of the best 4 not outs seen anywhere this season) as Tav upped his strokeplay, finishing 73 not out, and leading the side to a 4 wicket victory.