Minchinhampton 1st XI hosted Tormarton on a windy afternoon at Stuart fields. With mass unavailability Minch just about fielded 11 players. Captain Pete Wallis lost the toss but got what he wanted with Minch put in the field. Jaime Waring took the new ball and removed Leeworthy clean bowled early on. Wallis also took an early wicket, but Harris and Derham rebuilt for Tormarton as Minch’s bowling got a bit loose. Last weeks hero with the ball Dave Gordon entered the attack and picked up a wicket first ball removing Derham. Harris (41)and Bose (25)were going well, but it was the introduction of Alex ‘golden arm’ Waring who removed Harris caught by Will Price. Waring, overlooked in the bowling department for the best of 20 years, bowled with a good variation of flight and picked up 2 wickets for 30 runs. Jaime Waring 2 for 20 and Wallis 3 for 28 returned and Tormatons tail end offered little resistance as they reached 150 for 9 from their 40 overs.
In reply Minch didn’t have the best start. A great ball from Bose removed Alex Waring for 4 in the 1st over. But the experienced duo of Rich Scott and Pete Raphael rebuilt the innings for Minch. Tormarton often pushed the field back allowing lots of singles and regular bowling changes helped the two add 61 for the 2nd wicket. Raphael departed for 20 LBW to Derham but Scott batted excellently and reached his maiden league 50 for Minch. Ross Britton was aggressive from the off and upped the tempo with a quick fire 35 as Minch looked to be cruising. Tormarton stuck at it however and a late wobble ensued as Minch lost Scott, Britton and Penn in quick succession. But Will Price hit 14 and the winning runs as Minch reached the target with 5 wickets in hand and 4 overs to spare.
This win sees Minchinhampton well positioned at the top of the Premier league as the midway point approaches.