There’s nothing like a winner to put a spring in your step, and last night at Chippenham Park the boys did just that. In a closely-run affair, Chippenham got home by 5 runs and all credit to them as it could have gone either way….. Max won the Toss and elected to bat and then took the bull firmly by the horns, smashing the ball to all sides of the Ground. He raced to a quickfire 32runs with 7 boundaries incl one six but then had to retire (league rules). This occurred in only the 4th over and we were already on 41 runs! The lads did get a bit tied down after that but thankfully the Bardwell bowlers were inconsistent and their lanky Zander despite bowling two cracking off-breaks to dismiss both Vinnie and Riley, also managed to bowl 6 wides. And therein lies the Tale of the Tape- Bardwell bowled 27 wides/no balls which gave us a whopping 54 extra runs. So our score was steadily increasing even though our batsman got a bit pinned down but with some good calling from Olly to sneak the odd quick run, and a whizzy cameo innings from Jack Long at the death, we closed on 103 for 3 wickets. A solid score but a very getable one for Bardwell. The remit to our frontline bowlers just before the off was Dont bowl wides! Jack Rutter in his first competitive outing for 8 months opened up and commenced with 2 wides…..However thereafter he was right on the money and his 2nd over was a Maiden (no runs scored, ladies), which is like Gold Dust in this league and is more important than wickets to be honest. Jack Long was a tad more erratic at the other end but he nailed his 2nd spell against their better batsman clean bowling the aforementioned “lanky Zander” just as he was starting to look dangerous late in the game. Tyler Weaver can always be relied on for a solid 4 overs and he did not disappoint bowling out their 2 openers (even getting a catch in the slips to Jack Long- see Jack you got the mention!) To be fair all our bowlers stepped up to the plate last night with a busy Keiran getting a deserved wicket as well as a run out off his bowling ( a cracking throw by Tyler incidentally) and the surprise package of young Teddy Hall. Making his first appearence for the U13’s, he showed no stage-fright (as if!) about being thrust into the older age-group and put in a sterling spell of 4 overs on the bounce to finish the innings off at the one end. Halfway through it, he decided a bit of off-spin was called for and it certainly got their best player Cameron worried as he rashly struck one to our very own Venus Flytrap , Keiran Pedretti, who snaffled it up (after a clever assist from both his chin and chest). This was the turning point of the game as Bardwell were then very much on catch-up” but they kept working away at it and given that the format of this league generally means the better players are batting late on we were never in a confident position. They managed 13 off the penultimate over and so it came down to the Petit Teddy to spin his way through the final over with them requiring 15 to win. It seemed the only one keeping his head was our Ted as skipper, umpire and slip all got a bit “feisty” as the winning line drew close. Thankfully all our concerns and worries were uncalled for as Teddy tied them up and we won by 5 runs!!! Yeehaaaa Splendid stuff all round with good fielding from everyone – special mention to Cian Long who came in at the eleventh hour (having been John Travolta-ing at the school disco for the previous hour and a half!) to field for the last 10 overs (and did a grand job as well as allowing his elder brother to decamp to the slips to get a catch….) To the Awards then- Best bowling- Teddy Best Batting- Max Best fielder- Keiran Most improved- Olly Man of match- Max Weaver No practise nor match next week as its Half Term. See you next at the monday evening session of 1st June. The next game is Thursday 4th June – please let me know if you are unavailable for that date. I am sure that any of you who wants a game can probably have one but i will email the team out on monday the 1st of june after the practise session that evening. Thanks once again for all your support and efforts to get the boys all there on time.