Threes back on track

by Geoff Boycott

So two games in and the Threes had tasted sweet victory and bitter defeat, and now faced Thorverton,  the team that pipped them to the 'C' Division title the year before. To say there was a bit of needle between the two sides last season would be an understatement, however with a new captain and a focus on the game and not the opposition, hopes were high of getting back to winning ways, especially as they had failed to win either of their first two games.

Things started well with the skipper losing the toss at home for the second time (actually I would like to point out that I didn't lose; the other captain won; but whatever!). So Exeter were put in to bat. With Sean back in the team he and Naj opened, and started off well, accumulating runs at a steady pace. Sean fell for 20, and Joel came in next, wielding the oldest bat in the country. Which was soon being put to good use, with he and Naj bringing up the hundred and a fifty partnership to boot. Naj fell shortly afterwards for a well-deserved 59, and in strode Joe Lyver, our latest recruit from the university. He'd been sat waiting for a long time but showed no nerves as he eased into his stride with some confident shots and lovely stroke play. He and Joel scored quickly and when Joel feel we were  on 147 and looking good. However the middle order failed to deliver and it was left to Joe to ensure we didn't lose momentum. He ended yup with a fine 85, and, with good support from the lower order we finished the innings on 268 for 9. So full batting points and a great score. Job half done.


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