Quote of the day – “Fail to Prepare; Prepare to Fail.” The First round (yes, the actual first round). At home once again, we this time welcomed Kingston Bagpuize to our hallowed turf. We welcomed this week three new members to our esteemed band of merry man; Gordon Harris, Rishi Pandya, Jamie Revill. It was a sunny but windy day down at Butts Way and the warmup was very much required. As first ball drew near, the Bagpipes turned up and we knew that they had failed to prepare, it was just our job to make sure they were going to fail to win. Tim Morgan again won the toss and decided to bat. We started off fantastically, not losing a wicket as we raced to 71 in the 14th over. Pandya was then bowled for 33 to bring in the young gun Oli Shaw. Batting in a way that can only be described as ‘un-Shaw like’ he scored a chanceless 52 and kept us ticking along brilliantly until he was dismissed in a ‘Shaw like way’ knocking one straight to the grateful hands of cover. It left us 144/5 in the 28th over. But there was no need to fear, J-Rev was here. On debut this season he smashed his way to a stunning 50 including bringing it up with one of the biggest bombs seen this decade clearing the trees over the scoreboard with ease. If Kevin Pietersen gets his way that could be worth 12 in years to come. He and Porter (26) put on 80 in 7 overs before they both got knackered from running about four 3’s to the long boundary in succession and both giving their wickets away cheaply. Again though, the fresh legs and swinging arms of Penhale and Eisner propelled us even further at the back end of the innings to our score of 281 off 40 overs. “A half decent first half”.

After a refuel, we took the field knowing that the game still wasn’t won yet. An early wicket from Penhale probably made us slightly complacent and the 2nd wicket stand from the Bagpipes put on 90. Squeaky bum time. However, the ever-reliable Whatman took the wicket and yes, I know hard to believe Porter took the catch at short extra cover to dismiss their dangerous number 3. The middle order of the Bagpipes couldn’t really fire after this and some economical bowling from Porter and Eisner kept the pressure on. The bagpipes left 134/6 after 25 overs. Again, complacency and the effect of the Arctic wind probably left us a little short of energy to try to finish them off and the number 8 chanced his arm for a respectable 30. It was at this point, when Pandya injured his knee that the super sub was introduced. Many of the youth won’t remember the effect Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had as a super sub for Man Utd, but Uncle Dave had much the same effect. Standing in at short mid-wicket, the poor batsman stood no chance in the war of words and the Bagpipes crumbled to a measly 212/8 off their 40 overs. Many are still wondering why the opener carried his bat for 90*, and I’m sure it will remain one of life’s great mysteries. Another great performance from the men and we will get better. Onwards and Upwards.

Whisky of the game – Chivas Regal. (Particular team favourite)

Tim Morgan, Rishi Pandya, Ollie Shaw, Tristan Rossouw, Thad Cooper, Ben Porter, Jamie Revill, Karl Penhale, Anton Eisner, Dom Whatman, Gordon Harris.

Notable Performances:
Ollie Shaw – 52
Jamie Revill – 52
Rishi Pandya – 33
Ben Porte – 26
Karl Penhale – 24 not out
Anton Eisner – 24 not out & 7 overs 3 for 26

Our next opponents are Tiddington at home on May 9th, starting at 1pm.

Thanks to Stuart Little for the photos