After choosing to bat first, Robin Lett must have been somewhat concerned to see his side slip to 127-7 with over half the overs still remaining as the ball nipped about a bit and the home batters attacked with something approaching gay abandon. The Bath skipper had an ace up his sleeve (plus a very good picture card as well) in the form of Sam Mount (and Luke Padgett). These two showed more sound judgement than many who went before and Mount launched a counter-attack which saw Bath looking towards a 300+ total by the time he was out for 87 (off 63 balls), still with 5 overs remaining. Padgett finished not out on 51 in Bath's 267.
Bristol made a good fist of chasing down the runs and were always around the requisite scoring-rate, although the Bath bowlers also kept pegging them back with vital wickets. Seb Street will remember his first over in 1st team cricket at North Parade as he found himself on a hat-trick, whilst Will Jenkins and Tom stayt also picked up two wickets as Bristol finished 56 short of the total required.
You've probably heard by now (this being written at 6am on Sunday morning) that Paul Bird scored a career-high 121 for the 4th XI yesterday which included 13 fours and 6 sixes as he has probably sent you a text. More crucially, 3 wins out of 3 for the 4th XI which is completely unheard of! 289 was an insummountable total built around Birdie, Marc Wilson and the fit-again Harry Lewis before Beth Howe was in the wickets again with 3-34.
The most controversy around this week's selections centred around Ted Roe - a perennial 2nd team player with occasional aspirations for higher things. On Saturday he found himself with his dad at the Brownsword Ground for the first time since he was about 12 years old and did what anyone who is disappointed at their selection (or non-selection) should do....make a statement out in the middle. Ted smashed a thunderous 72 as the 3rds chased down a very modest 114, following what Stu Brennan described as "the best all-round bowling display he had ever seen in the 3rd XI." New boy Andy Griffiths took 3 scalps and old boy Stu Priscott picked up the 7000th 5-for of his very long career.
Max O'Leary is a talented chap, amongst many talented chaps (and chapesses) at Bath. Max struck 73 in the 2nds 223-6 at Failand before a pair of Alexes - Muse and Wright - shared 6 wickets to bowl their hosts out for 151 and a job well done- Stu Kingwell's blend of youth and experience working well once more.
Frocester were 50-3 when the game was abandoned last week. Kindly they agreed to reach roughly the same score this week and then went on to muster a below-par 158-8. Rob Maggs declared it an excellent bowling and fielding performance by the boys. Bath always seem to be 3 down for not much at the start of their innings and today it was James Campbell and Tim Rouse (who else - although he did fail on Saturday) to start the repair job. Will Jenkins got some valuable time in the middle and Bath scrambled home.
Finally - a big day for the Wanderers! Last year we regularly struggled to get a 2nd team out on the pitch and today we had two...both of whom won in fine style. In the league Wand 2nds (1) had to wait a long time for Minehead to extracate themselves from a blockage on the M5. they ended up playing a T20 with the Bath bowlers led by Emily Knight, Ellie holdaway and Gwyn West restricting the vistors to just 68. Emma godman, Beth Howe and Daisy Vowles did the necessary in knocking them off. Wanderers 2nds (2) went down the M5 to Bridwater and scored 140 in their 30 overs with Zoe Olsen-Groome leading the way before all the bowlers combined in fine style to bowl their hosts out for just 50.
Seven games and seven wins is not bad for a weekend's work! (The only blot being a conceded Sunday Prem game as exams and the National KO got in the way.....sorry Keynsham!)