All out for 139 doesn’t sound super good, but hen you take into account the extremely slow outfield, my personal view is that we’re in a pretty good place going into week 2 of Round 7. We won the toss and batted, and it was immediately clear that value for shots was not something the captain had carefully taken into account. Most batsmen made solid contributions that would have been 20s and 30s on any other pitch, with the standouts being Sumit with his 36, AJ Jnrs very well made 39, including no fewer than 20 consecutive singles, when that was by far the most efficient way to make runs.
Told you 139 was pretty good on that pitch.
The Gladdies brought home win number 2 of the season yesterday, with a disciplined bowling and outstanding catching effort to skittle the Weekenders for 110. The Weekenders seemed to have a bus to catch early on, and struggled against the pace and guile of Barron and Kalia. With runs hard to come by, they kept going aerial, and a solid catch by Martin and amazing catches by Sumit and Jimbo had them floundering at 5/56 at drinks. At 8/68 it looked all too easy, but “somehow”, they got to 8/105 with 9 overs to go. Enter on-field captain Jimbo to knock the middle peg back, followed by Rich taking two wickets the next over (only one of which was given), and it was all over, a comfortable 29 run win. As I said, excellent catching and patient bowling was the key.