After two comprehensive wins the 2nd XI faced a stern test against Bashley 2nd XI.
With a couple of noticeable absentees from the line up in captain Rob Pittman with a groin injury and in form opening batsmen Tom Cowley playing up in the first team as Eddie Abel attends the wedding of his sister, this was always going to be a strong challenge for the team. This gave s chance for a couple of youngsters to gather a taste of premier league standard cricket.
After loosing the toss and being asked to bowl first, Bashley got off to a solid start reaching 39 from 8 overs. Steve Booth (10-0-38-1) and Matt Burton (10-0-54-2) opened the bowling, before James Wade (7-0-34-2) picked up the first wicket in his first over. A couple of quick wickets came straight afterwards leaving Bashley 44/3.
Bashley’s middle order thought back and captain Simon Ridley stood up and started to build an innings. Young off spin bowler Akram Ghauri bowled with good control and restricted the batters to limited scoring options. Young Ben Fisher picked up 2 wickets from his 5 overs during the middle of the innings. Bashley at the half way stage 109 for 5.
After the drinks break stand in captain Tom Pearce brought himself onto bowl and immediately picked up the wicket of Ridley in his first over. With Matt Burton returning to the attack and removing Bashley’s number 7, South Wilts had them reeling at 123/7.
Some lower order hitting from Van Wyk and Clark putting on 110 runs for the next 2 wickets the score looked a lot more than South Wilts where hoping to restrict Bashley too. The innings ending on 234 all out with Pearce taking the final wicket.
The South Wilts innings got off to the worst possible start, after loosing Berzins for 0 playing onto his stumps things got a lot worse quickly falling to 14 for 4.
Tom Pearce and Steve Booth started about a recovery job and were going along nicely until Pearce was caught at slip after a lot of juggling was dismissed for 16 with the score on 60. Steve Kidd departed quickly being bowled for 6.
James Wade joined Booth at the crease and batted very sensibly supporting the senior man. Booth was playing very fluently hitting 13 boundaries in his 75 before being bowled around his legs with the first ball after the drinks break. Boothy looked in fine touch latching onto any over pitched deliveries. 130 for 7.
Wickets were to fall quickly after the departure of Booth and James Wade was the last man out for a well made 28 from 60 balls. The innings finishing on 153 all out in the 34th over.
A tough match, but good preparation for the intensity of league cricket as we travel to Hambledon for our first game.