Minch hosted Charfield on Saturday in this return fixture, after a very close game earlier in the year. Minch made wholesale changes to their team vs the side the fielded against Charfield and the result this time went in favour of Minchinhampton.
At the toss the skippers rightly agreed to reduce the game to 40 overs a side, given the apparent forecast of rain due for the early evening. Skipper Pete Wallis won the toss and chose to bowl first, opening up with himself and Jaime Waring. Some initial sturdy defence from Thomas and Hunt was quickly undone as Wallis led from the front with a great Yorker to remove Thomas for 6. When Hunt went a few balls later lofting a drive to Will Price at cover, Wallis then removed Devine for a golden duck and the hat trick ball nearly bounced back onto the stumps as the pressure was really on. Waring then got a wicket himself as Bath was caught behind by Cruickshank and Charfield were struggling at 18 for 4. Godsell however batted well, but simply couldn’t find a batting partner as he amassed 25 well struck runs. The slow left arm of John Turton was as reliable as ever and he was backed up first by a sharp catch from Jaime Waring on the run, then brother Alex somehow deflected a well struck drive from Tweed back into the path of Turton for a bizarre caught and bowled, Waring taking a heavy hit in the process. Wickets fell at regular intervals and Dave Gordon was introduced and immediately got in on the act, a quick bouncer was mis-timed by Adams and Alex Waring took a good catch on the run. Youngster Marcus Cole came into the attack and continues to flourish in the 1st XI with 2 wickets for just 2 runs, as only Beeley with a hard hit 21 at the end mustered any sort of innings and Minch wrapped things up for just 71 runs in 23 overs. Wallis finished with 3 for 11 and Turton 3 for 13 the pick of the Minch bowling.
In reply Minch didn’t have the best of starts. The off spin of Newman at the top end was highly effective and back up by 2 sharp catches from ‘keeper Tweed, they combined to remove firstly Dave Gordon for 4 and then Ross Britton for 5. But no 1 Alex Waring and the inform Jon Ablett combined to add a rapid 50 partnership, Waring dispatching 2 large sixes over square leg and Ablett composed a tidy 28 runs to see Minch home in just 14 overs. An emphatic win that gets Minch back up the table ahead of next weekends top of the table clash vs Langford CC.