TABS 2 X1 entertained Heworth 3 X1 at the Tutor2u oval. Under clear blue skies and the temperature touching, 22 degrees the team were looking forward to their first game of the season.
With Captain Williams on holiday, Matt Wilkins took over as the skipper. Following a brisk warm-up conducted with usual vigour by Dale, Matt lost the toss and TABS batted.
Within a few overs, the writing was on the wall for a good game of cricket.
Openers Mark Knight and Dale Gibson (who recently celebrated his 50 Birthday) kept the scoreboard ticking, helped by some additional extras, the score soon hit 50 without loss, then 100, then 150. Mark Knight the first to 50 as he outscored the watchful Gibson.
Heworth persevered with their bowlers – the first four of which were juniors, with Knight the first to go for a well crafted 80 with the score on 152 – a terrific start. Johnny White joined Gibson, adding to the total prior to losing his wicket.
With the temperature rising Gibson lost concentration momentarily and edged one to slip – gone for 54, a solid knock.
We quickly lost Jim Riley who was obviously saving himself for the second half.
The fireworks soon followed with Sam Smith hitting five maximums in his brisk 51 not out alongside a stylish 25 from Mike Cole.
Following tea, at The Pax, we bowled. Fielding a young attack meant extra responsibility on the junior bowlers; The Whites, Rowan Bentley and Benji Halstead who despite doing their best went for 40 off the first 3 overs . At 140 without loss after 21 overs, the result wasn’t looking good until the veteran part-time (once a year) bowler and Club sponsor Jim Tutor2u Riley entered the attack. Despite some slack catching – which nearly cost TABS dearly, the Riley spin or flight seemed to have unsettled the opposition. Bowling 12 overs straight through Riley senior returned 6/55.
With Johnny White grabbing two wickets in his second spell we were able to prevent Heworth from winning, finishing on 247/8.
Well payed TABS!
Thanks to Richard Laver for scoring, Tom Kilby for umpiring and Andrew Jones for preparing an excellent wicket with 514 runs scored in 90 overs of play.
Training continues on Tuesday evening for seniors. Catching drills may be on the agenda.