Sat 8 Jun – Cae Glas v Acton Reynald

Cae Glas will have to wait at least another week to record their first victory after their narrow defeat to Acton Reynald at Gatacre on Saturday. With damp conditions and a subsequent slow outfield, it was a key toss to win and the visitors had no hesitation in inviting the home side to bat in this 40 over contest. Tight bowling from the Reynald attack soon bore fruit as Cae Glas lost early wickets to slip to 20 for 4, but skipper Pete Bowyer and Ben Hipkiss steadied the ship and kept the scoreboard ticking over to set the platform for a late charge from the home sides big hitters in the last 10 overs. However the acceleration failed to materialise as wickets fell steadily and Cae Glas were dismissed for 109 in the last over of their innings.Once again Matt Coulson was the pick of the home side’s batters as he hit a powerful 20, but apart from Hipkiss (17) and Bowyer (18), the rest of the team struggled to make an impression. Pick of the Reynald bowling attack was John Cotton with 4 for 28 in his 8 overs. In reply, 2 quick wickets from Bartram and Jones gave the home side hope, but a stand of 50 between Adey Hudson (26) and Adam Burr( 37) set the visitors a platform to edge closer to victory. There was however late drama as Reynald lost 4 wickets in 5 balls including a bizarre run out when Matheson thought he’d hit the winning boundary only to end up stranded shaking hands in the middle as sub fielder Alex Carter, prevented the boundary and sent a superb throw in to stumps for him to be run out. Matt Coulson also bowled superbly once more claiming 3 late wickets for 13 in his spell to give Cae Glas a sniff of victory, but John Gwillam held his nerve to see the visitors home as they passed the victory target in the 36th over for the loss of 8 wickets. Cae Glas will be hoping for better things as they visit Bishops Castle in next weeks fixture.

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