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50's + make it a double over Wales...

posted 20 Jun 2015, 01:52 by Bill Lawrence

The undefeated Glos Over 50s "A" team (2 out of 2) took on the undefeated Wales team (4 out of 4) at Stroud CC on Thursday. Wales won the toss and on a sunny day elected to bat. Tight bowling from Seniors debutant Steve Bridge (0-15 off 9) and Phil Edge (0-18 off 6) restricted Wales to 39-0 off 15 overs. The openers then starting hitting out before Skipper Tim Smith took an unbelievable one handed diving catch at square leg to dismiss John Lewis for 36 ( he had scored 108 previous game!) off the (long hop!) bowling of Rob Gaffney. Wales number 3 Bennett then came in and immediately started attacking the Gloucestershire bowling taking Wales to 137-2 off 30 overs. Another turning point in the match came when Bennett was dismissed for 67 in the 37th over off the bowling of Mark Moodie with another superb diving catch by Rob Sharp on the boundary. Excellent bowling at the death by Steve Pennington (2-19 off 5) and Mark Moodie (2-36 off 9) restricted Wales to 200-9 off their 45 overs. The total could easily have been 40-50 more but for the 2 superb catches, Steve and Mark's spells and also Rob Austen's important wicket taking spell of 3-33 off 5. Another excellent fielding display, not just the catches but also the ground fielding restricting 2s to 1s snd 3s to 2s on a big outfield.

We got off to a steady start with openers Rob Sharp and another Seniors debutant Tony Clarkson putting on 41 from the first 10 overs, before Tony retired hurt on 23 with a wrist injury. Phil Edge, Tim Smith and Ian Hogg all made steady progress with scores of 19, 21 and 17 respectively before Tony returned to the wicket and was out first ball for 23! This left us precariously placed on 150-4 off 37 overs before a 40 run match winning partnership between Rob Sharp (yes still there!) and Steve Pennington took us to 190-5 in the 43rd over, before Steve was run out for 16. Rob nearly saw us over the line but was eventually caught behind for 87 after a marathon 2 1/2 hour innings, so it was left to the cool head of Rob Austen with 7 off 2 balls to see us home with 8 balls to spare. There were the usual "never in doubt" comments as the winning run was hit but it was a tense last 10-15 overs. Great win though and a superb all round performance from every member of the team. A very enjoyable game played in a good spirit (apart from a few words between Hoggy and their keeper!), capped off with a few beers with the sociable opposition.

Thanks to Ian for umpiring, Eileen for scoring again and Celia and Phil for a fantastic tea. A special mention to Danny for his 12th man duties which included putting the stumps and boundary rope out, fielding for 7 overs when Mark was stuck in traffic, doing the bar and was last to leave locking up.

Can't send an email out to the Seniors community this week without a mention of Chris Tabb. I haven't met Chris personally but since the sad news broke I haven't heard anyone say a bad word about him; and Stan was full of praise for the way Chris handled the situation at Shirehampton CC on Wednesday. I can't begin to imagine how you cope with news like that. A quick look at his Over 50s stats shows 6 centuries overall and an average of 92 in 2010 (HS 183 no), 63 in 2011 (HS 130) and 57 in 2013 (HS 122 no). All the best to Chris and his family.

Cheers,

Edgey

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