Preparations for the “2nd XI’ friendly against Bristol Cricket Club did not exactly get off to the best of starts with no 2nd XI members featuring. Despite Yozza managing to build a team last minute, this did not stop Stov from being in a foul mood on Friday night training. The Roy brothers in particular feeling the full wrath of Stov for daring to go to London, with Stov oddly repeatedly suggesting it was “to visit the queen”… We arrived to a bleak scene of grey skies and an opposition of 4. After a quick warm up, the heavens opened and we were forced inside. It was at this point that my Chai Pani DOTD status was secured by realising I had forgotten my whites, “Village”, I know. We moved from the dressing room into the lounge and managed to get the IPL on just in time to see Gayle and KL Rahul opening for KXIP. 80 runs and 6 overs later it was still raining and it was time for tea. A decent spread was put out for us; bread rolls, fillers, crisps, fruits and even some chicken wings knocking about; a solid 7/10. However the fact that we were charged £40 for it drops it right down to a 3/10, it couldn’t even have cost them £80 from Selfridges.
The sun had now come out and game agreed to be reduced to 30 overs. The opposition now 7 strong suggested an uncontested toss, believing we wouldn’t be playing for long if they batted first. So now fielding 4 UBCC players and their groundsman at first slip we were underway. The pitch wasn’t doing much, but outfield dreadfully slow. Harding and myself opening, the first over ticked by nicely without trouble. The second over saw myself chase one of the widest balls in straight to our very own Awaab playing for BCC, thanks mate. In walked Aarons, however this partnership was not to last; with Harding missing a straight one. Moreau was next in and was looking sharp after 2 timely boundaries, however he fell victim to a questionable LBW decision. After the 4th wicket had fallen we were left teetering on 54-4. Luckily a solid 30 run partnership between JJ and Methers steadied the ship. Getting off the mark with a boundary followed by a lovely wristy 6 off a full toss from their offie, JJ was looking in good touch. Unfortunately he then skied one straight to midwicket. In strode Brownie and another 30 run partnership emerged, with Methley quietly going about his business, game face on, having accumulated 28 already. A disastrous run out then saw Brownie trudging back to the pavilion with a quick 14 under his belt. In walked the Skipper, despite the fractured wrist a lovey 4 was earnt past the slip cordon before being trapped on the pads next ball. Wishy then came in and after a lovely flick to the boundary, flicked it straight to the fielder. Whitehouse then strode in and straight back out again after being told to push for a 3 from Yozza on the balcony which really wasn’t there. Methers then finished the innings with a brilliant 45* and as such received the Bath Ales MOTM.
152 on the board, we were confident of defending this total. With no recognised keeper fit/available, it fell to me to take the gloves, hoping for anything under 15 byes; Wishy and Brownie opened the bowling and kept things very tight, with Wish claiming fellow UBCC member, Adam Smith’s scalp for 1. First change saw Moreau and Yozza come on and on the 3rd ball into his spell Yoz had the batsman chopping the ball onto his own stumps with some brilliant shapes. His firey spell ended with figures of 3 for 8, pushing Methers for MOTM. The spinning duo of JJ and Methers each took 1 a piece. With a brilliant catch taken by Derby (off JJ) looking straight into the sun, earning him the Nib Nibs Catch of the match.
WG Grace Stylish Player of the Day was awarded to Russel, playing for BCC on the day, provided a flair 19 and contributed to a 40 run partnership for the hosts. Sandwich Sandwich Wet Sandwich was unanimously awarded to their number 7 and opening bowler nibbling at absolutely everything coming from behind the stumps. With his dismissal and slow trudge back to the pavilion their tale collapsed and they were bowled out for 100. A solid start to the season.
Chai Pani DOTD: Rohit Singh for forgetting his whites.
Bath Ales MOTM: Methers - brilliant 45 not out.
WG Grace stylish player of the day: Russell Cairns for being the backbone of the opposition batting
Nib Nibs Perfect catch of the match: Elliot Derby - looking straight into the sun.
The Sandwich Sandwich wet sandwich of the day: Their number 7 for nibbling at everything.