Westcott 2nd XI v Chesterton 4th May 2019: lost by 29 runs
The cricket season started in the usual manner – a cold and blustery day! After winning the toss and putting Chesterton in to bat, early inroads were made by the youngsters James Bateman and Giles Burkitt, with Giles ending up on a hat trick ball, finishing with figures of 3-12 off of 6 overs. Wickets steadily fell throughout the innings (including a run out via the captains boot off his bowling – because he is too lazy to bend down to stop the ball), saw Chesterton slip to around 100-9. However, a few lusty blows from the Chesterton tail enders saw them reach 130 all out, Tom Young (3-25) mopping up the tail. Special mention goes to Gary Ellis for trying to bounce out one batsman with Finbar stood up, sending him ducking for cover (and 4 byes being the result).
After tea, the trusted partnership of Nick Solway and Finbar opened. After Nick was out skying an attempted pull shot, wickets began to fall a bit too regularly, with batsman 5, 6 and 7 failing to trouble the scorers. After a reasonably patient 32 for Finbar, stopped only by an inside edge going down leg being given LBW, Gary Ellis entered at number 10 and sought to take the attack to Chesterton, hitting the bowling to all parts. However, after an entertaining 40, he was the last batsman to fall, with Westcott 29 runs short of their target.
A bit of a reality check first up in Division 6 – we will need to make sure that we play well with bat, ball and in the field to get results in this division. Time to look forward to next week, the long away trip to Hook Norton, to hopefully get the first win of the season on the board.