Honours were pretty even after day 1 v Summer Hill. It looked grim early, when they invited us to bowl and proceeded to struggle not in the slightest against our best bowling attack for some time. They posted 64 for no wicket in the first 12 overs, and looked well, in the wrong grade, but then Gus got the breakthrough, and the Gladdies got to work. Despite plenty more boundaries on the small MP4, we stuck at it, and the introduction of Flossy brought an immediate result, with Rookie taking an outstanding catch on the fence to remove their Bradman for 46. A couple more before drinks had us right back in the game. They were looking pretty solid at 4/144 in the 29th, but all hell broke loose after that, with the Gladdies taking 6/42 off the next 7 overs. Rookie got two, Jamie one as the Summer Hill innings fell apart, with Rob showing off to the family to finish with 3/2 off 1.1 overs. Tidy.
We looked very good early doors starting the chase, and at the end of our 10 overs had 50 on the board already. But with Flossy, Dave and Gus all back in the pavilion (well, park benches), it’s an intriguing day two coming up.
The Gladdies have started season 2020-21 like a house on fire, racing to a first innings victory in week two before the threat of rain halted proceedings and any chase for outright. We looked good early, with Rob picking up where he left off last week, but a couple of quick wickets had us slightly more nervous. Enter Grimm, who batted like we were heading for a washout, and creamed 43 off 13 scoring shots, including 3 hefty sixes. Along with some errant Summer Hill bowling, by the time Simon went, we were pretty much there, and Dan and Jnr saw us home. A four wicket win then, and (probably) maintaining our spot at the top of the table.