Written by Gareth Griffiths
Saturday’s clash at Nailsea brought together the teams placed in the top 2 of the league after the first four games after some good performances. Unfortunately this resulted in OBWs 1st XI ending the day in 5th place.
Having won the toss Will Penny decided to have a bat and this decision looked to be a good one with 80-0 on the board. Oli Meadows was playing in his first game of the season, following strong performances for school and county in pre-season. He batted intelligently for a patient 23 until undone by a good piece of bowling from James Taylor. Unfortunately this sparked a bit of a collapse. Well, a lot of a collapse to be honest…..
Ricardo batted well for a fine 43 but only Will Penny from the rest of the batting scored over 10. The Nailsea change bowlers brought a great deal of control to proceedings which frustrated the OBW batters on a slow wicket, this saw a trail of wickets fall and the team to slide to 145-9, which felt 40 short at tea. This was not a good batting performance after a sound platform was provided, with some loose shots along the way.
We stressed the importance of keeping things tight after tea……so the 18 from the first over didn’t really go to plan then. The introduction of first change bowler Hospitality Swetman, looking remarkably fresh after another corporate day on the Friday, brought some maidens, which generally bring wickets at this level. A fine spell of controlled bowling ensued, taking 1-3 from his first 5 overs including 3 maidens, finishing with 3-16.
Apart from the first over of the innings the OBW bowlers showed great control but failed to make the necessary inroads, although three excellent catches from young keeper Finbar Yates showed off his undoubted talent. It was also encouraging to see the performance of youngster Oli Meadows who bowled well for his 1-33 following his runs, the future looks rosy for these two all-rounders.
Nailsea opener Michael Ready carried his bat for a patient 60* to see the home side to the victory, it may have been a different story had either of the two missed chances provided by him been taken, but the home side won by 5 wickets with 6 overs remaining.
A disappointing day at the office, let’s move on to Shire next week.