TRIPLE WINS OVER BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND
It was another successful weekend for our various sides, with the 1sts and 2nds triumpant in the reverse fixture with Springhead on Saturday, before the women's side won against Vernon Carus. The 2nds suffered their first loss of the season in their cup tie on Monday but sit top of Division 3 after a great start to the campaign.
Saturday's 1st XI home game with Springhead saw a weakened side take to the field, with various key players absent. However, that didn't stop the boys racking up a decent total of 194-7. Rick Carr continued his blistering early season form to register another unbeaten score, this time 48 not out, while Nick Marsh notched up a steady 59 at the top of the order. With contributions all down the order, the total was likely to prove a challenge for a Springhead side missing the big hitting Ste Bain. Marshy and Asif resumed their new ball duties, and both struck early. The pair shared seven wickets between them as the visitors were restricted to 126. Jimmy Shaw showed some fight and enterprise with an unbeaten half century, but with Ste Brooks and Nelly rounding off the wicket taking, this was another impressive win for the 1sts.
There was much drama over at Springhead, where the bowling attacks were very much to the fore. Having been restricted to just 89 in their innings, the Totts bowlers dug deep and despite Springhead making a positive start, the home side were turned over for 63 to secure a fourth straight 5 point haul for Watty's side and take them to the top of the table.
With many players missing due to Lancashire and other commitments, it was a very junior wome's side that took to the field at Vernon Carus. A super bowling performance saw Carus restricted to 93, and with the quality and experience of Charlotte Boulton and Jen Laycock in the Totts side, the target was knocked off to bring home the points!
The one disappointment of the weekend was the 2nds cup defeat to Greenfield on Monday. Another sub-par batting performance saw the 2s knocked over for 98, and despite a spirited effort with the ball, the visitors got over the line with 6 wickets down. However the 2s retain top spot in the division and are set for a great year again, while the 1sts also sit proudly up at the head of the table after an unbeaten start in the league. Bring on next week!