This weekend saw the second leg of the Almondsbury Interchange Derby with Bradley Stoke playing host to local rivals Almondsbury. The BS skippers hot streak with the coin continued as tails came up trumps and now only trails its bitter rival heads by 6 to 5. On a hot summers day Peachey backed his bowling unit and asked Almondsbury to bat first.
The openers of Almondsbury got off to a brisk start with the Bradley Stoke bowlers struggling to keep the early run rate below 6 an over.
Fixture: Sunday 2nd XI vs. Hanham, Horrington, Leema & Bristol Civil Service
Apologies for the briefness lads, but my ability to produce match reports was somewhat shocking for two weeks and then we had two games rained off dubiously. In summation though:
1. We managed to win a second game in a row (wow) against league leaders Hanham (double wow)
• BSCC won the toss and bowled first.
• Ash Baber 8 overs 4 – 12 including the set batsmen was crucial to the win, also steady contributions from Pob, Vegas and Bendy.
Saturday we were playing second in the League and travelled to Portishead to play their thirds who had won our previous meeting pretty convincingly.
Day started off with a shock as I won the toss and decided to bat first. Things didn't get off to the best start as Pagey and Nitin both fell early putting us at 13-2. We then rebuilt the innings with a quality 113 run partnership from Nick E & Andy B. Both scoring 50's along the way. Nick made 73 and Andy made 56.
First game of the second half of the season was against YMCA. The inevitable happened and I lost the toss so were put in to bat. Things started off really promising with Nick & Pagey putting on a good platform for us to build off of which even saw Pagey hit a six (leg Side of course). Unfortunately Pagey was out for 28 and then unfortunately the wickets began to fall pretty quickly.
Playing Thornbury at home was going to be a "Titanic" meeting. Thornbury brought a fairly young team but they were very talented. The youngest of the Lezar brothers opened up the batting and scored 43 with some really good shots which was more impressive as he was only about the size of the stumps, unfortunately for them, no-one really stayed with him or scored big runs as we were taking wickets.
Always a nice away day game when you get to play on a grass wicket, A grass wicket as green as the outfield. There was a really weird thing before the game though... I won the toss :O So I thought we'd have a bowl, nice to see what you're chasing and all that jazz.
Frampton got off to a pretty good start with the openers both getting good totals.
Bradley Stoke 1st XI started the second half of the season with an away trip to Dyrham & Hinton. Peachey used the honour of choosing heads or tails well and with a confident call of heads won the toss yet again, heads now stretching out a 6-4 lead for the season. This left the BS skipper another tough decision, bat or bowl? Given the overnight rain and the warm summery conditions he decided to bowl first.