The third week of the season brought about the 3rd XI first home game of the year, with an exciting game in prospect as the two teams who fought out div 9 last year went head to head.
the Old Bristolians won the toss and elected to bowl first, the decision was almost immediately vindicated as opener Lee Bowden was dismissed without troubling the scoreboard. C.Dowle (14) was looking comfortable until playing at one that wasn't quite there and lobbing the ball up to cover.
The friendly XI game vs B Sharpe has been cancelled as the opposition could not raise a side.
Fixture: Bradley Stoke CC Sunday 2nd XI vs. Backwell Flax Bourton
Weather: Cloudy, Mild
Toss: Bradley Stoke won the toss and elected to bowl first
After a week of thoroughly practising tossing ( ;) ), skip managed to completely bamboozle the opposition captain with a magnificently flicked coin, with a million rpm, at least, and loft of which Pagey would be proud. After the resulting incorrect call, skip decided that BSCC should bowl first so as to attempt a resounding victory by chasing down a modest total to which our opposition would be restricted to as a result of some sublime bowling. We hoped.
BSCC lost the toss and were invited to bat a sunny but windy day at the Abbots Leigh ground.
The new opening partnership of second team stalwarts, Paul Peterson and Gareth Price made a good, solid start with the score moving to 45 off 10 overs before Price was outstandingly caught at cover, one handed, for 21 off the bowling of Adrian Weeks (10-1-35-3).
Congratulations to Shittal for his 110 Not Out on Saturday. He makes this week's Gloucester Play-Cricket Batting Honour's Board.
First away game of the season meant that we finally got to play on a grass wicket in Barrow Gurney. As always, I lost the Toss and we were put in bat. Things didn't go particularly well to start with losing nick for a duck and the next two batsmen for less than 10, but two really good partnerships between Shittal and Pagey (43), and Shittal and Joe Bradley (76) put us in a really good position.
Bradley Stoke 1st XI, looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season hosted Cleeve 1st XI on Match Day 3 of the B&D season.
Having lost the toss Bradley Stoke were asked to bat first and given the opportunity to put the new resplendent white boundary rope through its paces. Unfortunately on an uneven pitch boundaries were hard to come by and the rope was barely troubled.