Not exactly a perfect performance Week 1, but there is still a decent chance we can win through, and, judging by the Bureau of Meteorology, a 30-40% chance we could go through without bowling another ball.
Sent into bat, Brendan and Trav knuckled down and made a solid start against some tight bowling, getting through the first quarter of the inning unscathed. Some mild pressure to score then started taking its toll, with Brendan and Sumit both out in the teens. In sadly typical Gladdies style, a bit of a middle order collapse followed, leaving us at 5/62 and then 7/83. Rob then joined up with the long suffering Trav to give the score a bit more respectability, combining for (by some way) the highest partnership of the innings, before Trav’s long watch was over, out for 29. Rob finished not out 24, and we only ended up mustering 127 all up.
However, Nick S nabbed a wicket with his first ball, and the Weekenders are not a batting side, so a bit of pressure and a good bowling and fielding performance next week should still have us going through.
Sadly, we weren’t able to hold the Weekenders Week 2. As they have all year, dropped catches and too few runs to defend hurt us quite a bit, and they ended up chasing it down with 4 wickets and plenty of overs in hand. On the upside, it was another excellent turnout, and finishing before 11 certainly beat the crowds in the beergarden at the Bavarian afterwards.