‘What might have been’ was the over-riding feeling this week as the 2nds returned from their travels with a losing draw. Everything was going so well for us up till tea, having dismissed hosts, Bishops Castle II, for 149 inside 38 excellent overs. However the return of the batting frailties that have dogged us in recent seasons, but that have been notably absent in 2013, left us short of the target.
Bishops Castle were indebted to skipper Paul Cottrell (33) and Andy Murray (43) who came together at 69 for 4 and guided their team to a respectable total. For The Glas, Stav picked up his fifth ‘four-for’ of the season and there were two wickets each for Andy H and skipper Barry. There were also two catches each for George Candler, behind the stumps, and Barry in the outfield.
In reply, a combination of early wickets and a painfully slow run-rate left The Glas with too much to do and, despite scoring at more than a run-a-ball in the final 6 overs, ultimately fell short at 134 for 6. The evergreen Andy Kemp carried his bat for a hard-fought undefeated 52, and there was some late big-hitting from Woody (20) and Shaun Southern. For The Castle, there were two wickets each for Caitlin Perry and Chris Irving.
In conclusion, a game of cricket that epitomised ‘the spirit of cricket’, played in stunning surroundings, but one which we needed to win if we are to have any ambitions of challenging the teams at the top of Reserve Three.
Cae Glas 9 points Bishops Castle 11 points