Cae Glas 2nd XI v Much Wenlock II – 24th August

After heavy overnight rain, this week the 2nds entertained Much Wenlock II under leaden skies at a damp Gatacre, and came away with a victory by 40 runs.
Put in to bat, against a good visiting attack, The Glas got off to our now customary slow start. Only 29 runs came from the first 17 overs but for the loss of only one wicket too.
As the opening bowlers were rested , and with wickets in hand, Cae Glas batters attacked Wenlock’s second string with some relish! The somewhat wayward bowling enabled 174 runs to be amassed for the loss of 8 wickets. Pete Matthews led the way with 35 but all batters made their contribution, Nige Evans finishing undefeated on 23 and the unfortunate Simon Wood being unable to continue due to injury when also on 23. For Wenlock, teenager Andrew Tudor took 3 for 34 and there were two wickets each for Ethan McCullen and James Cooke.
In reply Much Wenlock had a productive start with opener and skipper Sam George smashing his way to 35 and being dropped three times along the way. However his downfall brought about a significant collapse, and at 83 for 7 the writing appeared to be on the wall for the visitors. Ethan McCullen, however, had other ideas and he clinically took advantage of some loose stuff before a bowling change and an excellent stumping from the ever-nimble Tim Smith brought about his end on 40, and ultimately leaving Wenlock all out for 134. Gavin Porritt took 4 for 40, Shaun Southern 2 for 32 and Matt Coulson kept his nerve to take the decisive final wicket.
A good game of cricket, played in the true spirit of the game, despite the gloomy conditions.
Cae Glas 24 points Much Wenlock 5 points

Woody watches the ball carefully - before retiring hurt

Woody watches the ball carefully – before retiring hurt
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Anthony

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