Having suffered defeat the week before, the 3's were eager to get back on the promotion track with a win against Yelverton ll Xl. They had finished fourth last season, so would represent a good test of where we are in relation to others in the league.
With many players available, Reddick (Senior) umpired and left it to Sam to Captain. He proved to be as good at tossing the coin as his old man and the 3's were invited to bat.
The wicket was much dryer than the week before, but still had some moisture in it. Naj and John Hurrell got us going, albeit slowly against the very accurate Tony Carter (9-4-14-0). Terry Roe (9-1-47-2) gave a bit more width from the other end, but still managed to have Naj caught for 11 and cleaned up Rich Croney the very next ball! 18 for 2 was not part of the plan at the start of play!
Sam Reddick and John calmed things down and put on a good 66 runs before Sam went to a very good caught and bowled by Ian Loze for 28. With 19 overs to go it was time to accelerate and post a score - cometh the hour, cometh the man! New signing for this season Chris Thackray had given us a glimpse of what he could do against Thorverton. This time he teed off in style! Chris hammered the ball in all directions as he raced to 50 from 27 balls. he went on to finish 108 not out from 51 balls, hitting 13 fours and 6 sixes. A superb effort and proving to be a real asset in this season push for a third consecutive promotion.
John Hurrell, who made a solid 42, and Brian Bosomworth (37 not out) watched from the other end as the fireworks flew. With a little help from 31 extras, the 3's posted 258 for 5 from their 45 and were in a good frame of mind going into the tea break.
After another good tea courtesy of Mrs R, the lads took to the field to finish the job. We were fortunate to have James Taylor in the side and he and Boz gave nothing away as Yelverton made no attempt to go for the score. It was clear from early on that they were playing for batting points and we were going to be in for a frustrating session. James (9-4-19-1) was too good as he beat the edge numerous times. Boz (9-3-24-1) was also giving nothing away, and as Sam made the changes, we nibbled out the odd wicket.
First Noah Tobias (7-0-33-1), finally making his debut for the club after a few hard weeks of exams, then Will Street (5-1-13-1) and Jake (8-1-34-1) had a go and were all unlucky not to pick up more wickets, especially Noah who had Keane edging to Croney only for the batsman to stand his ground and the umpire claiming not to have heard the nick.
Naj had a good stint, bowling well as he claimed 2 for 22 from his 7, but even he couldn't get the last few wickets.
Keane went on to make an extremely frustrating 65 not out and Yelverton dragged the game out to finish on 155 for 7 at the close. A good win for us, but we felt we let a couple of points get away from us.
Clyst Hydon next week and 20 points a must if we don't want to lose ground on Thorverton