The second team entertained bottom of the table Osbaldwick at the oval. Despite the current drought the wicket looked good. Once again thanks to Andy Jones for his efforts.
After the usual warm up session conducted by Dale Gibson, Captain Williams tossed up. Electing to bat proved the right decision under clear blue skies and a warm day. The opposition despite bowling reasonable well struggled until the tenth over when Mark Knight batting with regular opener Gibson played a rare rash shot and was caught at point. With Jim Riley joining Gibson at the crease the pace soon picked up, again it took a couple of overs to get going but with some lusty blows following a slice of luck for Riley (who was dropped on 6 and 49) the score went past 100, Gibson the next to depart for a solid 33.
With the temperature rising and the opposition flagging in the field Ollie joined his Dad at the crease. Ollie soon got going and the score went to 173 before Ollie ran his Dad out on 73.
Chris Binnie went for a golden duck prior to Joe Atkinson – fresh from graduation at University joining Ollie at the crease.
Ollie was unfortunately caught out at deep mid on for an excellent 48. Well played Ollie.
With Joe and Alex both grabbing valued runs towards the end we finished on 266/8.
After tea and plenty of fluids we reconvened in the field ready for the second half.
With Ollie Riley bowling with plenty of spirit he soon grabbed the first wicket and continued to frustrate the opposition. Two more wickets to Riley and another to Andy Heaps followed. With Osbaldwick four down it looked easy, however a short mini revival from them meant we had to wait until another very smart catch by Dale Gibson at extra cover off Ollie Riley.
Further wickets for Jim, Rob Williams – including a sharp catch from Ollie Riley at backward short leg and Andy Heaps to wrap things up. Osbaldwick 108 all out.
30 points in the bag against a weakened team, but they all count. Well played TABS. Thanks to Emma for scoring and Phil for umpiring in the heat. Thanks to for those who assisted the regular players in sweeping the wicket and putting the covers back on.
Training this week is on Wednesday night so that we can all cheer on England who play on Tuesday evening.