A local derby versus Wetherby at the oval – in great condition thanks to Andy Jones. Saturday brought about an entertaining game.
TABS won the toss and elected to bat after a full warm up session.
Openers Knight and Gibson got off to a solid start against the Wetherby openers who bowled tightly.
Mark the first to go when bowled for 18, Jim Riley joined Gibson at the crease and the scoreboard continued to tick over, prior to Gibson not quite getting to a straight drive and getting caught for 35.
Wickets continued to fall; Riley, White and White soon back in the hut leaving Birthday boy Mike Cole to carry the can. Showing some delightful shot selection Cole raced past 50 only to depart for a well crafted 66.
Captain Williams had a bit of bad luck as he fell LBW for 3 only for son Alex to keep us in contention with a much needed 31 at the end. TABS 198 all out.
Dissatisfied to not see out the 45 overs and reach 225 we departed for tea at the Pax.
Wetherby batted and for the third week running TABS failed to defend their total early on.
With Ned Thomlinson opening the bowling and grabbing a wicket, TABS at least had a start, however, the topsy turvy match had only just begun.
Wickets fell at a reasonable rate with all bowlers grabbing at least one. With the score on 113:7 TABS looked favourites to win. A number of visitors turned up to watch – no doubt having enjoyed the Royal Wedding and in good spirits.
Within minutes some big shots (mainly to cow corner) from the Wetherby number nine suddenly turned the match. A two wicket loss for TABS.
Somehow TABS managed to lose a game they should have won. With the number nine bat scoring 53 and 45 extras out of 199 there is more work to be done at training and on match day.
Thanks to Emma Williams for scoring and Phil Brown for umpiring.
Training for seniors continues on Tuesday at 6:45.
Next Saturday away to Stillington followed by another local derby away to Tadcaster on Bank Holiday Monday.