The firsts AND seconds both enjoyed comfortable victories against their Willey counterparts on Saturday.
The firsts, playing at home, made excellent use of winning the toss and invited the visitors to bat.
They were soon in trouble following a bizarre first over from Cae Glas opening bowler Tom Gardner, who, despite bowling 4 full tosses somehow contrived to take 2 wickets, the second one thanks to a superb catch from Tim Turner running backwards.
Willey consolidated, but found runs difficult to come by on the slow outfield, as Yappy, taking 2 for 16, and Tim T, with an excellent spell of seam bowling resulting in him netting 4 wickets for only 30 runs, restricted the visitors to 100 – 8 in their 40 overs.
In reply, we never looked in danger, thanks largely to an unbeaten partnership of 59 between Toothy (29 not out) and youngster Aidan Martyn who crashed an aggressive 33 not out to see his side home with 8 balls to spare.
The seconds also managed to win the toss for the 4th game running, and skipper Woody threw caution to the wind and decided to bat first away at Willey. The decision seemed to be looking a little rash when opening bat George C was lost early on. Fortunately, Jonesy hit a sound 27 runs while Pete B hit 26 – in total putting on 55 for the second wicket. However, runs were always hard to come by on a slow wicket with the result that Cae Glas closed their innings on what they felt was a disappointing 119-9.
Things were looking decidedly ominous as Willey raced to 49 for the loss of just one wicket, but when skipper Woody took an excellent catch to dismiss danger man Rowland for a quick-fire 30, the tide turned and an excellent spell of seam bowling from the mighty Shaun Southern, who took 4 wickets for 6 runs, tore through the Willey lower order as they were dismissed for 88. Matt C and Nick C also picked up a couple of wickets apiece. Let’s hope the sun shines again next week!