The Saturday 2nd Team’s fixture was the only one that survived the weather. The match was a tie with both teams getting 152 from the reduced 35 overs.
Hoops bowled 7 over for 19 runs taking 1 wicket and Steveo bowled 7 overs taking 3 wickets for 18 runs. Batting Muhammed score4d 45.
Captain Codpiece reports thus:
Due to the dearth of action in 2/3rds of games over the weekend I’ll include a more comprehensive round up of where we stand about a 3rd of the way through the N Somerset Cricket League season.
Otters aren’t renowned for their literary ability but hopefully one of them can stop crying over Ring of Bright Water for long enough to give us an account of an exciting tie against Nailsea 4ths on Saturday. Well done to both sides for getting this match played. The 3 points gained for a tie have moved the Saturday 2s up to 3rd place in Saturday Div 4. Lansdown 3rds are running away with this league,24 points from 6 games, with a ridiculously strong team for this division. Grendel 2s have 12 points from 5, our lovely glistening Otters 11 from 6, and Whitchurch have 10 from 5. In a strangely curtailed division due to drop out teams Exiles 2s, Timsbury 3s and Nailsea 4s fill the bottom 3 spots, however had Timsbury not conceded a game early on they would lie 2nd. Jeff’s boys have an advantage in only having to play Lansdown once more, so the strongest looking Cowboys second team in years could carry on challenging for this 2nd place right through the season. Saturday sees them away at Timsbury again, to whom they lost heavily in the second game of the season. Riding the crest of a wave of optimism I predict a reversal and victory for Otters unless Timsbury’s 1 &2s players take fright at having to play their equivalents from Lansdown.
A chance to gain valuable points at lowly Wrington was washed away by the adverse weather so the Iguanas, Cowboys Saturday 1s, remain adrift from the top 5 in Div 3. The top 5 are separated by 4 points, then an 8 point gap to the Cowboys on 10 points. The relegation places remain filled by Wrington and Nailsea 3rds, who have 2 points each. On Saturday the Iguanas are back at the Farm against Avonside, who had won 3 on the bounce until their game was rained off on Saturday. Traditionally big hitters on their day, my recommendation is to stretch the boundary and wear them out running. Sorry my marine lizard friends my prediction is a defeat with the Cowboys registering their second 200 plus score of the season. Avonside’s last game saw them successfully chase down a massive total of 327-4 set by previously unbeaten Bath!
On to Sunday Div 2 where the weather once again intervened tp prevent the exciting match up between the Boltcutters and Cheddar. As Dean, Garner, the Ar….tist previously known as Justin, and I sat in the back of the Plough watching what we thought was England’s lower order struggling we were blissfully unaware that events elsewhwere in the division were going against us. Top of the table, unbeaten Blagdon, gained 4 points for a capitulation by Carsons who couldn’t field a team (if they’d called us we could have donned false beards and wigs), 2nd placed Peasedown panned 10 man Purnells leaving both teams on 28 points although PSJ have played a game more. The Cowboys lie 3rd on 20 points with Cheddar on 18, and the Old E on 16 after they beat Kilmersdon who were all out for 56. I hate to be too critical of our new Sunday hosts at BWI but when I turned up at 11.45am the wicket wasn’t covered, which begs the question what’s the point in having covers? I believe this is being addressed by our club officials. Next Sunday Bolts boys travel to top of the table Blagdon for a crunchie of a game, can they topple another unbeaten team? If anyone wants a day out Blagdon is a beautiful ground overlooking the Chew Valley. It is also where Ben Salt inadvertently smashed my pinkie to pieces several years ago. For those that haven’t seen the gory post op photos maybe Grover can resurrect them? Anyway I will stick with the bookies on this one and predict a home victory.