The Gladdies were finally able to transfer their form from one grade to another. Sadly, it was the losing form from 10ths that made its much anticipated arrival in 9ths. That said, it certainly wasn’t a thrashing. No-one batted, bowled or fielded particular poorly, and the other team weren’t particularly good, it’s just we played 66 overs of cricket and they finished comfortably ahead.
Gypsies sent us into bat, and immediately spread the field, which seemed a little negative, but also proved extremely effective. Charlie and Lach knocked around the singles, setting a pretty consistent tone for the innings, and then got caught trying to hit out to lift the run rate… again, very much consistent with the rest of innings. Just about everyone got to double figures, and Dan was caught on an agonising 39, but really, the Gypsies just bowled adequately, set deep fields and held their catches. All out for 181 in the 36th over was not a bad score, but never enough.
None of their batsmen were amazing, but they hit well, and into gaps, and stuck at it. We held them out until the 30th over, thanks to some very tidy bowling by Jimbo and wickets to Dan and Tex, but they never really looked in doubt. So a loss, but by no means a demoralising one.