After the disappointments of the previous week, a third wicket partnership of 81 proved crucial as the seconds entertained Acton Reynald II at Gatacre this week and returned to winning ways.
The visitors were asked to bat on a pitch ‘greened-up’ by the recent rains and only opener Tony Davies seriously troubled the scorers with a patient 45, wides being second top with 19. There were two wickets each for Stav (2 for 36) and Barry Richards (2 for 18) whilst Andy Hughes swept up the tail taking 4 for 14 as Reynald ended on 126 all out in the 43rd over. Nick Chesters kept calm to bring about an important run-out and held four catches in the outfield, only denied a fifth by the call of ‘no-ball’.
In reply, in a repeat of a week earlier, two early wickets, including Nick Chesters being on the wrong end of a run-out this time, necessitated a cautious start and another painfully slow run-rate. At drinks we stood at 25 for 2, Steve France (2 for 17) having bowled seven maidens in a row for the visitors.
The short break proved its worth and, with wickets in hand and bowling changes at both ends, Pete Bowyer (30) and Russ Turner (56) took the game to the opposition until their partnership ended with the score on 103. Three more quick wickets for visiting skipper Richard MacInnes-Manby (3 for 30) created a little concern in the home dressing room, but, in the end, we comfortably reachedour target with more than nine overs remaining, for a victory by 4 wickets.
Amongst the interested spectators at Gatacre was former player, Peter Morgan of Stockport. Stand by for more news of his reunion with former team mate, Colin Perkins.
Cae Glas 20 points Acton Reynald 4 points