The return fixture from last week saw us host Bridge Trust after our comprehensive win at their ground. The deluge of rain on Friday softened the track up and made calling the toss fairly straight forward so it was a surprise when Bridge Trust opted to bat after winning the toss and it looked like a poor decision as batting was extremely tough from the first over proven by the fact they were 35-4 at drinks after 23 overs. L. Marshall (3-25) taking out the top order to leave us in a good position. We knew they were going to attack after drinks and although we continued to bowl well enough for the most part, the pressure lifted off as runs came more freely before a good spell from F. Karim (3-22) helped to bring the innings to a close after 41.3 overs. S. Lumb (2) and R. Ellis (1) taking the other wickets and L. Marshall also picking up a run out, as they were all out for 134. G. Wyatt took 5 catches behind plus a stumping for a strong keeping performance.
As the sun came out throughout the afternoon it didn’t make our chase any easier to bat on and the worst possible start had us 10-3 after only 7 overs. A brief riposte from M. Shackleford (17) and G. Rushton (19) gave us a sniff but the wickets kept falling as did our ability to keep the scoreboard ticking to keep up the pressure. A defiant 25 not out from G. Wyatt really needed a couple more batters to hang around with him but unfortunately we were bowled out for 89 for a really tough loss where the opposition managed the conditions far better than we did. Our winning run comes to an end as we look to re-start again next week
By: Luke Marshall