1st XI Captain Jaime Waring’s thoughts on the first month of the season.
May has seen an indifferent start to the 1st XI’s life in County Division 4. An opening day win vs Witcombe filled the team with confidence, even if Dave, Jon and Phil got lost and left us fielding with 8 men for 5 overs?! The following week saw a damp Minch wicket yield just 160 runs in total as Langford scraped home by 1 wicket in a low scoring thriller. Game 3 saw the best game yet as we reached 170, myself and Big Dave Cruickshank adding 50 for the 9th wicket to give us a good score, but once again the game was decided on the final ball as Chalford got home by 3 wickets…the morale was low after this one with the boys knowing they were 2 balls away from winning 3 games on the spin. However 2 defeats in a row for the first time in 2 years was hard to take. A T20 victory vs Haresfield was a confidence boost, with Jack, Benoy, Matt and Tom all stepping up from 2nd XI duty to win us the game…but an embarrassing defeat vs Cirencester was a real down moment. Our batting as a whole has been poor, but showed the first signs of an upturn last Saturday away to Haresfield when we almost chased down 230, agonisingly falling 3 runs short of beating the top of the table side away from home. We have a long way to go so all is not lost, we have 3 months of cricket still to go so keep a positive outlook, as we could still do very well in this league!