IBM Hursley I vs Winterbourne (7th May 2016)
The opening day of the season saw IBM lose the toss and be inserted. New boy Rob Pfeiffer partnered Hitesh in a slow but sure start.
When Rob fell for 16 Hitesh was joined by the prolific Mike Pollard, after the fall of Hitesh for 23, RJ for 2 and skipper Dan Rides for 18, Polly built an innings that eventually produced 55 runs in 100 balls. Another debutant Shameel Naqvi scored an entertaining 23 before the two Matts, Thomas and Robbins, saw out the innings at 173-9.
After another splendid tea, the IBM bowlers were soon among the wickets….Winterbourne managed to survive to the 42nd over before succumbing to 126 all out…which included 38 extras.
The pick of the bowlers was Max Cullen who bowled 8-2-22-3 and Skipper Ridesy 9-2-20-3. They were ably backed by Shameel 8.5-4 25-2 but he did bowl the Girl..!!!! Matt Thomas 6-1-18-2 was the other wicket taker. The champagne moment was a stumping down the leg side by RJ, truly electric.
So a 21 point win and a good start to the season!
Thanks to Guy Bennett who stepped in as umpire as the Twos game was cancelled and Tony Portelli who stood as the opposition did not have an umpire and both did an excellent job.