Monday, 16th June 2014

After having a tough time of it in the last few matches, the players could have been forgiven for starting hesitantly against a strong Bath Blades side on their home ground but the competitive spirit of the England v Sri Lanka Test Match obviously inspired them.

Batting first, Bath Blades were soon reduced to 5-3, as Tom Morris, who had an excellent match with both bat and ball clattered the stumps twice in this first 2 overs with Ben Mullen doing likewise in his first over.

There followed a strong partnership of 75 for the 4th wicket, although to their credit, our bowlers kept the run rate at a manageable level.

The partnership was ended by an excellent piece of fielding. Johnny Phillips at Point pounced on the ball as the Blades went for a quick single. He then whizzed it in over the top of the stumps for Charlie Delargy, who was solid all day, to whip off the bails. Kit Denman picked up the 5th wicket clean bowled in the last over of the innings and the Blades finished on 91-5 off their 20 overs.

In reply, after a couple of very early wickets, Tom Morris steadied the ship and played some excellent shots to finish top scorer with 25.

Yet, the boys found it hard to keep up with the run rate and the task became more and more difficult as the innings progressed.

Wickets fell at steady if not dramatic intervals and the boys had too much to do in the last few overs to really challenge the score posted by the Blades.

Despite a couple of boundaries from Kit in the last over, we fell 9 runs short, finishing the innings on 82-6.

A much stronger performance this week which should give confidence for the rest of the season. Wayne’s only gripe was the wide-count, which ended up being the main difference between the 2 sides.

Mike Denman


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