Cricket: New Season Starts with a Win
Posted on May 6, 2014
A week late, but the league season finally kicked off for the Eaton Bray 1st XI with a home match to newly promoted Biddenham.
In what can only be described as the perfect start the new ball bowling off Andy Norris and Joe Roff was simply too good for the Biddenham top order who got blown away to be 4 wickets for 5 runs. All 4 wickets went to Norris deservedly so, however, the pressure built from the other end should not be ignored. A mini fightback from the opposition followed with aggresive strokeplay seeing the middle order build a semi-respectable score, getting up to 100 for the loss of no further wickets. Once the dangerman went to Pearson for an impressive 69, the house of cards fell down to see them all out for 127 with Pearson and Flecknell getting 2 wickets each, Jarrett took care of the only other man to reach double figures.
Chasing what should never be seen as a problematic total, the Bray top six did the job required without too many flutters of the heart. Hosking took advantage to top score with 77*, and was joined at the end by Kerins to put on a solid partnership of 61 undefeated.
A great win, great team performance and just what the doctor ordered, the only disappointment came when the appointed fines master bailed on his task to leave his captain high and dry!
Source: Eaton Bray Cricket Club
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