Women's coach and new recruit Bret Collins made his first big on-field impact by smashing 189 as the 1sts roared to a second straight win, this one much more dominant than the first game against Greenmount. A steady start betrayed little of the fireworks to come, with KC the first to go after an opening partnership of 26. The returning George, making his first start of the season, showed his straight bat credentials in a partnership that eventually yielded 141, GT's share a steady 30 before he ran himself out. By this stage however Bret was running riot, with sixes smashed here, there and everywhere, including a gargantuan hit over the bridge. Rick came in and the pair blazed 97 in just 7.5 overs, with Bret managing no fewer than 14 sixes in all before he fell for a mighty 189, one of the largest scores ever seen at the Meadows. Hague (12 not out) and Carr (21) each scored at a run a ball, and innings closed at 278-4, a total that looked impressive despite the relatively flat wicket. The batting depth meant that neither of the Marshys nor Russ got a knock, while Bury's bowlers ploughed away despite the relentless assault.

Bury's run chase stumbled early on as Ry Wilkes grabbed the first three wickets inside 13 overs. Morris and Nolan-Massey injected some attack, but the Marsh brothers combined to end a promising partnership. Akram and Raza briefly blazed, but with Si and Nick each grabbing 3 wickets, the innings swiftly came to a close at 152. Skipper Watty took the final wicket to secure a 126 run win, with maximum points claimed and the season nicely building momentum.


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