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Convincing 50's 'A' win over Wiltshire...

posted 5 Jun 2015, 23:49 by Bill Lawrence

Feeling quietly confident from our win in Devon 2 weeks ago, the  Over 50s 'A' team took on Wiltshire in the picturesque surroundings of Dumbleton C C. The Wiltshire team turned up in shirt and team tie, and were inspecting the wicket by 1205 (1300 start). The Gloucestershire boys took slightly longer to turn up; 3-4 by 1230, 6-7 by 1240 and the skipper at 1258! Apparently he had to wait for the vet to "examine" a cow; nobody shook his hand on arrival, as we weren't quite sure where his hands had been! Luckily the vice captain was on hand for the toss, and made my most telling contribution of the game by winning and electing to bat. Tim soon got the batting order sorted and sent out the dependable guest international Danny and Rob Sharp to open. They put on 101 for the 1st wicket, before Danny fell in the 23rd over, caught behind for 66. The snick was apparently heard in  Bristol; 4.1 on the Richter scale, and the hot spot was the size of a football; but Danny waited for the umpire's finger to be raised before walking. "I didn't feel a thing; it must be these modern bats!" Robbo went in at 3 and changed the whole tone off the innings smashing 57 off 45 balls before being caught, 3rd or 4th time lucky for the Wiltshire fielders, when the score was on 204-2 off 35 overs. Rob Sharp eventually fell in the 40th over for 77 when the score was 248-4. More wickets fell in the final 5 overs as we chased 300, but we still managed to post an excellent score of 287-8. 

Steady opening bowling from Over 50s 'A' debutant Rob Austen and Phil Edge, restricted the Wiltshire start to 33-1 off 10; Rob taking a wicket in his first over, caught behind by Luv Duggal. Steve Pennington then replaced Rob after his 5 over spell and put the result beyond doubt with a spell of 3-1 off 3 overs leaving Wiltshire 44-4 off 16 overs. The game then reached somewhat of a lull with Wiltshire not really going for the runs, and wickets falling regularly. However, the boredom was broken during the 22nd over, Danny's 3rd over, when the batsman straight drove him with pace; Danny dropping a sharp chance but deflecting the ball into the umpire's (Len Attard!) unmentionaBALLS! Len collapsed to his knees in a heap, and turned a colour not too dissimilar to his Umpire's coat! If only we had a stump cam or Umpire cam, it would have gone viral and Len would now be an Internet sensation! There were a few chuckles, (it's difficult not too!), but also genuine concern and everyone made sure Len was ok before play continued. On reflection after the game, Len seemed chuffed more than anything, that everyone walked past Danny, who was also led on the floor nursing a bruised finger from the drop catch, to see if he was Ok! 

The game then petered out with Wiltshire only managing to score 153-8 off their 45 overs. In the main thanks to a devastating spell off bowling from Phil Brown; 3-7 off 9 overs. Steve Pennington finished with    3-41 off 9, never really recovering from the skipper taking him off after being hit for a straight 6, with figures of 3-12 off 5; ruthless! 

Another good win; fielding was generally of a high standard and team spirit was once again excellent. We had 5 changes from the Devon game so the squad is looking good this campaign; and it was nice to see every team member stay for a drink in the bar for a couple of hours after the game. Wales will be a different proposition in 2 weeks; also undefeated so far this season, but we've nothing to fear playing like this.

Thanks again to Eileen for scoring, Len for umpiring (and organising everything as usual), and to our small band of loyal supporters. 

Cmon the Glos!