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Weekly Summary : Week 4 Headlines

Where did all the runs go?
1st XI scrape home after giving Bridgwater some extra help
Tails are wagging at North Parade 
Roe's men buck the trend
Mount hits fastest almost 50 of the season
Top Price at Chippenham

Last week there were runs galore, then this week.....virtually nothing! It was clear early on Saturday evening that Birdie had not scored another ton as various mobile phones did not receive a text message as soon as the 4th team were off the pitch, whilst all the batters struggled at Bridgwater, North Parade and Brownsword with only the 3rd team batters bucking the trend and forcing Brislington to pick a few out the stingers at Ironmould Lane. Or maybe everyone bowled really well..........

The wide lines at Bridgwater were very narrow in the first innings on Saturday as the 1st XI were generous in contributing 36 extras to the home team's total. Several of Bath's extensive seam attack were guilty at various points whilst even Simon Marchant in his impressive spell of 3-26 joined the wide club. As the other wickets were spread around, worth noting is the debut of Jordan Price who picked up a couple of wickets and bowled some distinctly sharp deliveries.

Anyway - those wides were hardly crucial as we only had to get 162 and 12 overs in we were 50-0. A couple of overs later and we had slumped to 53-3 and then at 76-5 the visitors wished that they were only chasing 126. Jenkins, Padgett and Bridgwater-nemesis James Brown made vital contributions as Bath got there -just- with just the single wicket in hand. (One note to those who create the nicknames of the side.....as if it wasn't tricky enough with JC, JG and JB in the side we have now added JP - time for some new names please!)

At one point Bridgwater 2nds were 105-7 whereapon messrs Clapp and Roberts put on 63 vital runs. Not to be outdone, Bath (doing a passing impression of the 1st XI in recent weeks) were 63-6 before recovering to 103-7. Whilst in no way seeking to blame Roe. T and Kingwell, S, their's was the key partnership for Bath and the 20 run deficite was to prove crucial, whilst Roberts, Ford and Davies' combined 43 brought the team closer that many thought likely.

After the run-fest last Saturday the 4th XI must have feared the worst after being bundled out for just 104. they were indebted to a lower-order partnership as captain Aspeling and Kate Randall added a vital 50 for the 8th wicket. Mathan with good support from Ed Garrett and the Howe-Aspeling combo (that's got a nice ring to it) ripped through the Stratton batting line up to record what, in the end was a relatively comfortable victory.

It was left to the 3rd XI to actually score some decent runs on Saturday. Brennan and Priscott feasted on the Bris bowling before Ben Copp (how many other teams have cricketers of this quality in their 3rd XI?) picked up 5 wickets in the most straightforward win of the day. Seeing 3rds and 4ths at 100% at the end of May is not at all unusual! The difference in 2013 is that it is a 100% winning record....roll on flaming June!

Sam Mount was out in the 5th over of the T20 at Chippenham on Sunday....with his score on 49 (although a ball previously he had been applauded for his 50!). In one audacious over, mount got the strike for the second ball and proceeded to reverse sweep/lap/swipe/slog the rest of the over and scored 4, 6,6and 4 off the next 4 balls before failing to add to the total on the last ball....not so clever after all. There followed more powerful hitting from Will Jenkins, some slightly less powerful hitting from Luke Padgett, some pretty ordinary attempts to hit the ball powerfully from several other Bath batters and the appearance of the slowest bowler in the west of England. Bath had reason to feel they had under-achieved with a total of 203 but it proved about 150 too many as Chippenham were blown away - largely due to a spell of 6-9 from Jordan Price....not bad for a new boy and 3-5 from Seb Street....also not bad for a new boy!

In a thrilling game at NP, the Sunday XI were narrowly beaten by Bristol. Charlie Brain and George Hankins were the mainstays of the home side's innings whilst Jack Dancey did all he could to stop Bristol from reaching their target with 4 wickets. The young side will learn a lot from this game - perhaps a bit about the need to score more quickly having established a secure base whilst all the bowlers will know a little more about performing under pressure. This - in truth - is exactly what we hoped would happen on a Sunday....well, that and actually having a team available on a regular basis!

 

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