The day was set perfectly with clear skies, belting sunshine and, as always, an immaculate wicket. The toss was had and won by B.B., the perfect start. We elected to bat, not least because of the conditions and line up but a group match of Harrykaneland vs Panama was due to be on during the first innings as well.
A strong opening partnership between Pollington and Guest G Biggs gave B.B. a great platform to work with. Strong scores from the openers Tom and George, 70 and 43 respectively, with candidate James Bevan-Thomas contributing 40 at nunver 3, we were in a strong position. However a tight spell of bowling by S.V. left the B.B. 193-5 after being 175-1, so the pressure was on over lunch. With a couple of beers to calm the nerves B.B. declared 223-8 off of 46 overs thanks to some clinical batting by Reuben collingwood at number 10.
Getting through our overs quickly and keeping the run rate down was all too easy however the S.V. defence was resolute and saw them reach 170-4 with their opener scoring 78. All this said and to take no gloss away from an impressive defensive batting display; there were some chances that went begging in the field. With 3 drops and a missed run out our guest and wicket keeper for the day had a somewhat memorable day in the field, along with his duck with the bat. Despite all this, he carried on in true B.B. spirit with a grin on his face.
Fun was had by all and the young talent within the S.V. batting and bowling units will be a strong base from which to recruit from in the coming years. Thank you to all those that were involved in what I would chalk down as a winning draw.
Very much looking forward to next years encounter.