TABS travelled the short distance to Wetherby, for what for many players was their first game at the ground. With a number of last minute changes and phone calls – due to a number of reasons we took to the field having warmed up. We won the toss and elected to bowl first.
The writing was on the wall with the first over going for 10 runs- despite a fortunate edge reaching the boundary. The runs continued to flow with a fast outfield, as both batsman had their eye in. Again a half chance in the field went to ground at a vital stage. 84 without loss after 15 soon become 190 after 30 with the ball disappearing over the boundary with ease.
Captain Williams getting the first breakthrough with a good catch taken by Rowan. We continued to leak runs and again another simple catch was shelled .The bombardment continued past 200 and 300. Despite a couple of late wickets for Andy Heaps and Rowan we were staring down the barrel chasing a massive 384.
After a decent tea we went into bat, with regular openers Knight and Gibson facing some excellent pace bowling from the opposition runs were tough to find. Knight the first to go, Jim Riley joined Gibson who soon afterwards got a ball that died on him and bottom edged one to short cover.
Tom Kilby helping out despite recent knee surgery came to the crease. Finding the boundary easily he pushed the score on, prior to Riley falling LBW for 21. Steve Raine soon followed Jim back to the pavilion.
Captain Williams came to the crease to push TABS to respectability, however, within a couple of overs we lost Tom for a well made 56. Rob fell uncharacteristically caught prior to Andy and Rowan seeing us to 180 for the loss of six wickets.
A disappointing day at the office where we were well and truly hammered by a decent team. Out bowled, out batted and out fielded.
Thanks to Benji Halstead for scoring and Tony Walsh for helping out at the last minute.
All being well players can assist the captains and their fellow team mates by confirming availability early this week please.
A tough trip to Woodhouse Grange beckons.