Close but no cigar for spirited 3Bs
CBH 228, Neston 229-7. Neston won by 3 wickets
CBH 3B’s went to Neston on Saturday full of confidence following 2 convincing wins against Burton and Old Parkonians which had left them right in the mix for promotion.
On a barmy afternoon where temperatures kissed the 30 degrees mark, stand in skipper Rob Williams won the toss and predictably asked the hosts to toil in the field first, on what looked like a belter of a track.
This turned out to be a good decision, as after being dropped on 20 odd, Bobby Evans went onto make a stylish 114 which included seven 6’s and thirteen 4’s. Bobby was supported by a solid 29 from Damon Curtis and at 183/4 after 35 overs the 3B’s looked well placed to go and score well in excess of 250. However the pendulum swung when Neston took 3 wickets for just 5 runs, leaving it to Rob Williams (27) and Matty Brayne (10) to steer the 3B’s to a total of 228 in their 45 overs. Defendable……….or so we thought.
“Bat first, make them field in the midday heat and we’ll do our running around in the cool of the later afternoon” was Skipper Rob Williams’ thinking. Let’s just say that a career at the Met Office isn’t likely for Williams anytime soon. It was hotter at 4.30 than it was at 12.30 and so it was that Williams handed the new ball to two men ideally suited to hot weather, Jaime Bonner and Matty Brayne.
His concerns for the alabaster Braine and cherub like Bonner were unfounded though, as both bowled superbly first up, Bonner inducing Gillingham into a false stroke, nicking it to Myles Grant behind the stumps and Brayne beating skipper Edgerton for pace knocking over middle stump with a jaffer. The travelling support was jubilant and thoughts turned to gaining the full 25 points at the home of their biggest rivals. But things can change quickly in Cricket and so they did here. After yet more quality bowling from Brayne, Neston’s number 3, Heath, was dropped on nought and then again on 6. At the same time, fresh from playing for their 1’s the preceding Monday, Chris Hackett had settled in at the other end. They went on to put pay to CBH’s hopes with a partnership of 118 and despite some spirited bowling from Jaime Littler, who took 2 for 18 in 4 good overs, including the wicket of the danger man Hackett with his first ball, CBH were ultimately 30 runs short. Neston got there with 4 overs remaining for the loss of 7 wickets.
Not the result we were hoping for but a fine performance all round with particular mention to Bobby Evans for his magnificent 100, and hilarious cramp issues while fielding and to Matty Brayne, who yet again showed what a talent he is.
11 points away from home not to be sniffed at, but the 3B’s will be gunning for all 25 when they face Tranmere Vics at Filkins lane on Saturday