On the final weekend of the Bristol and District league season Bradley Stoke made the trip Timsbury. Ultimately the game had little riding on it with neither side able to challenge the top 2 nor at risk of being dragged into the bottom 3.
Despite the low stakes of the game both sides were keen to finish the season on a high.
With the season coming to a close Bradley Stoke went into their final home game of the season knowing that a win could setup a final day shoot out with Timsbury for third spot. However, since confirming their relegation Hanham had caused an upset or two and Bradley Stoke were more than aware there is nothing more dangerous than a wounded lion.
Although Saturday morning had been blessed with glorious sunshine, heavy rain earlier in the week had left the wicket looking more like a damp early April pudding than a sun scorched late August road.
Needing a win to stay in contention with the mid-table battle Bradley Stoke 1st XI travelled to Nailsea.
As with the previous week Peachey called heads, won the toss and elected to bat. The stats-men amongst you will be glad to hear that after 16 matches heads and tails are all square at 8 all.
With 4 matches of the season remaining Bradley Stoke travelled to Old Down hoping to stop the rot and continue their push for a top 4 finish.
With the aid of a pre-decimalisation penny the Bradley Stoke skipper won the toss and elected to bat. At 15 tosses into the season there's hardly anything to show between heads and tails as tails hang on to a slender 8-7 lead.
Fixture: Sunday 2nd XI vs. Midsomer Norton home. 09/08/15.
Weather: Overcast, but not cold
Toss: Midsomer Norton won the toss and elected to field
This game was not one BSCC were likely to win on paper, with Midsomer Norton safely second in the league, but we were resolved to do our upmost to pull off a handy win. With a strong team out, there was a mood of cautious optimism but we knew we would have to fight hard. The game got underway promptly early with the toss taken at around 1:30pm. The toss was lost by BSCC; evidently skip's tossing time was insufficient practice this week. BSCC were put in to bat and the innings got underway.
Fixture: Sunday 2nd XI vs. Bath Exiles away. 02/08/15.
Weather: Warmish, clear, little breezy by the end
Toss: BSCC won the toss and elected to field
This was an absolutely vital game for BSCC because with Purnell already relegated, the final relegation spot was highly likely to be contested between us and Bath exiles. If we lost, we would go six points behind Bath and probably be down, resulting in the 1st and 2nd team players being unable to play for the Sunday 2nds next season.
Bradley Stoke 1st XI's first battle of the weekend was with the traffic as the first weekend of the school summer holidays coincided with the Harbour Festival both contributing to the arduous journey south, to Cleeve.
Having beaten the traffic the next task was winning the toss on a fine summers day with a pitch that looked to hold no demons. Unfortunately tails continued its return to form and levelled the season scoring at 6 all meaning Cleeve won the toss and skipper Cole didn't hesitate to bat.