Having lost a game they shouldn’t have last week away at Acton Reynald, Cae Glas 1st XI were keen to make amends against a strong Chelmarsh side. Unfortunately, Cae Glas were only able to field 9 players due to a number of players being unavailable, therefore a positive result of any kind was going to be a test.
Once again Cae Glas lost the toss and were asked to bat by their hosts under sunny skies in this 40 over match. Chelmarsh bowled well from the start and wickets started to fall regularly to a point that Chelmarsh only needed to take the final wicket with Cae Glas having only scored 55 runs in the 22nd over. However, a final wicket stand of 40 between Nick Broadbent and Gaz Edgerton, who top scored with 31, brought some respectability to the scoreboard. Cae Glas were eventually bowled out in the 34th over for 95.
S. Best was the Chelmarsh star bowler taking an impressive 6 for 20.
With such a low score to chase, Cae Glas needed to take early wickets, however the opening batsmen of Best (30) and Connor Glendinning (58 not out) put on 55 for the first wicket to set the foundations for the win. Nick Broadbent was introduced to the bowling attack and took 2 wickets in two balls that gave Cae Glas some hope however, the Cae Glas score was eventually chased down in the 22nd over to ensure an 8 wicket win for Chelmarsh.
Special mention must go to Nick Broadbent who not only took the only two wickets of the game, but in so doing, also claimed his 2000th wicket for Cae Glas in all competitions – a remarkable achievement.
Cae Glas are on their travels next week as they take on St.George’s III in Telford.