With the Academic Scholarships in full swing the team were without Joseph and Thomas and at the last minute Sam went on the sick list so Jordan, Chris and Charlie were drafted in to fill the gap for which I am very grateful. Paul took on the job of captain and did it very well using his bowlers well and placing the field with some thought. This is a game we would normally expect to do well in so there is always a danger of complacency but apart from some rather sloppy out cricket on occasions this was a very professional performance. Having lost the toss for the third time we were again asked to bat in a 25 over game. A slow start so us struggle to 11 for 2 after 5 overs. At this point Paul (73 not out) and Neal (12) steered us into the 40’s before the loss of 2 wickets left the team at 47 for 5 with Paul now joined by Oscar (39). Runs began to flow and although the bowling was not the strongest it still had to be hit and the boys certainly did that taking to score on to 146 when Oscar went to be replaced by Sven who came and had a good swing at the end. 166 at the close with Paul playing a real captain’s innings.
The bowlers quickly set about their work with Neal, James, Paul, Jez and Oscar all taking wickets and Michael bowling a very tight spell. Some excellent run outs from Oscar (2) and Charlie saw the T & S innings close on 102 leaving their best batsman stranded on 46 not out and the team short by 64 runs. A few uncharacteristic dropped catches allowed the score to be rather more than it should have been but it was a very cold day and fingers must have been a little chilly.
In the end a comprehensive victory to give the first’s a perfect 3 out of 3 start to the season which is the best for a while well done the boys and the few loyal supporters on such a glorious summer’s day!!