This was our first outing in the Saturday (RL)League, away to St. Lawrence. On a hot afternoon we had to take the field first and opened with Macca and Dan Rose (signed up for the Club with M Wanstall – both friends of Cowlo). Macca went for 2 boundaries in his opening over but after that both he and Rose kept things tight with Macca taking the first wicket in the 11th over – 36 for 1.
Leaver took over from Rose in the 12th over and apart from his final over was very economical. G replaced Macca taking the first of his 3 wickets by removing the other opener – 66 for 2 off 19 – both batsmen being caught by Wanstall. With G holding one end and claiming 2 wickets in the 25th over courtesy of Rose catches – 100 for 4 – a quick flurry of bowlers the other included Joey, Rose again and then Ben Mullan. It was Ben who took the 5th wicket – a Macca catch – 131 for 5 off 36.
Joey was brought back on and a neat C&B accounted for the only other wicket to fall, St Lawrence finishing on 175 for 6 off their 46 overs. It was great to see the Wood hanging on to all those catches backing up the good bowling figures.
G and Shaun opened the batting for us posting 9 when G was caught for 3 in the 4th over. Kearnsy in at 3, his scoring went 4, 4, 4, 2, dot, dot, 4, bowled – adding 18 of the 21 run partnership – 30 for 2 off 6, well up with the run rate. Wanstall in next but was caught behind for a 4 ball duck next over 31 for 3. Cowlo joined Shaun for a partnership of 26 – Shaun being caught off a full toss for 14 -57 for 4 off 12. Ben faced one more ball than Wanstall before also departing for a duck – 63 for 5 off 14.
Scoring rate still good, wicket tally less so! Rose added 2 to the score and was then given out LBW – 73 for 6 off 16 – which brought Tom to the crease. He defended really well while Cowlo upped his boundary tally and they had added 47 in 10 overs when Cowlo was out for 63, C&B in the 26th over – 120 for 7. Macca was bowled for a single in the 29th over – 123 for 8. And that was how the score stayed as first Tom was out caught behind for 7 a sterling effort having faced 48 deliveries and a mix up between James Canter and Joey meant two more ducks in the score book. The final wicket fell in the 31st over so although we were well within the scoring rate our batting let us down.