Monday, 24 June 2019
WINDY and drizzly conditions meant BBC CAVERSHAM opted to field first after winning the toss against WHEATLEY.
The visitors started slowly and lost their first wicket bowled by D Watkins in the 11th over with only 35 runs on the board.
Wickets two, three and four followed relatively quickly with Wheatley reaching 75-4 from 22 overs.
The BBC’s bowlers continued to build pressure throughout. S Jennings returned figures of three wickets for 25 runs from nine overs, DWatkins took two wickets for 24 runs from six overs, R Salmon took two wickets for 28 runs from eight overs and T Fitzgerald with one wicket from 12 runs from seven overs.
But Suritala was one of the few batsmen to stand their ground, with a knock of 65 runs to help his side to a total of 163 all out.
BBC Caversham’s chase started strongly with T Castle, 30 runs and S Townend, 18 runs, forming a good opening partnership.
With only the loss of one wicket in the opening 20 overs and 74 runs scored the hosts were on target for the win.
D Lavers was leading the way, anchoring the innings, scoring 76 runs before he miss-timed one straight up in the air and into the arms of a waiting fielder.
A tense middle period saw the hosts lose several wickets to some good bowling, which even saw the captain heading back to the shed first ball.
The BBC fell from 100-1 off 24 overs to 146-5 off 30 overs, 17 runs short with 10 overs remaining.
It was left to the partnership of Jennings, two not out, and D Watkins, 16 not out, to see their side home and achieve the BBC’s first win of the season with three overs to spare.
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