Pretty good day week one. The ‘fortune’ of winning the toss continued, and we elected to bowl, unleashing Stradling and Patel on an unsuspecting Spartan side. Hirak grabbed a brace in his fourth over, before Marty held almost certainly the catch of the season, off his own bowling, and all of a sudden they were 3/18. Unfortunately, they really dug in at that point, and slowly got themselves back into the game, to be 3/74 at drinks. But not long after, wickets started tumbling again, with Dan taking a Burchfive and a couple of direct hits catching the Spartans well short. All out 105 was the final score, with 6 overs left as a bonus for us at the end of the day. We won’t talk about how that went, but suffice to say we only need 95 runs for victory. Cough. With 8 wickets in hand. Dan and Centejas on strike from ball one.
Week two’s playing conditions certainly felt like winter comp had arrived. But that didn’t stop the Gladdies registering the win that really should put us into the summer comp finals.
Dave and Dan started off very solidly, getting us a third of the way there before Dave skied one. Regular scudding showers meant it was far more pleasant under the cover of the new toilet block than out in the middle… and it really wasn’t all that pleasant at the toilet block either. Jnr then built another solid partnership with Dan, before the rain became a little too heavy, and play was delayed for about 15 minutes. A few overs were lost, but that didn’t matter, as despite the loss of Jnr after a 40 run stand, we marched steadily on, and racked up the winning runs with a cool 17 overs to spare. Dan clearly the MoM with an unbeaten 59 to go with his 5 for last week.
So, all’s looking good, but it would be great to finish the season with a win to make sure of it, and possibly secure a spot in the major semi. Also, it’s last chance to rack up eligibility before the finals series, noting that permit restrictions carry throughout the finals series.