TABS seconds travelled to Heworth on another scorching Saturday. Navigating the York Races traffic proving quite a challenge, however, once changed we warmed up prior to Captain Williams winning the toss and electing to bowl first.
Ollie Walsh opened the bowling again with Andy Heaps at the other end. Once again young Ollie produced the goods and in two spells retuned 3 for 27. His flight and guile showcasing his outstanding natural talent.
Wickets tumbled, including two for the captain prior to some power hitting from Luke Taylor who scored 62 out of 86 before Jacob Thomlinson bowled him.
At 86-7 an early tea looked likely, however, once again sloppy catching let Heworth back in and at 135-7 we needed a wicket.
Sam Smith came to the rescue prior to another sloppy period when we leaked runs. Ned Thomlinson joined the action and took a good caught and bowled to grab wicket number nine. Rowan mopped up the last man with the total at 179. Slightly disappointing to set ourselves a reasonable target having been dominant for much of the game, especially with an inexperienced batting lineup.
After tea and drinks we padded up ready for our innings. Pat and Dale opening up. Pat didn’t last long caught and bowled. Enter Sam Smith, and what a performance we witnessed. Within no time the boundary was reached with ease – with Gibson happy to nudge quick singles along with the odd boundary Smith continued to accelerate. 100 was reached with ease, despite the intense heat both batsmen continued to run well between the wickets. Smith racing to his maiden century with a mighty six to deep square leg.
With Gibson happy to watch the fireworks from the non strikers end and content to keep Smith on strike the target was hit with ease. A terrific partnership of 176 – a joy to watch. Sam Smith led the teams off to rapturous applause, 123* including seven maximums.
30 points in the bag. Thanks to Emma for scoring.
Tougher games to come but well played TABS.