Burbage arrived at the intimate Goatacre ground with the sun shining and rain falling all at the same time. Having lost their previous two matches they were keen to get back to winning ways and again show the form they had displayed earlier in the season.
The wicket was unsurprisingly green and damp from the heavy rain in the lead up to the game. Skipper Dave Cope won the toss and decided to bat first.
The Goatacre opening pair of Rigali & House bowled extremely well with House taking advantage of the damp wicket.
After Copey had gone for 1 with the score on 16 Jon Chandler, who had looked in great nick, was given out caught at short leg in unfortunate circumstances.
There then followed a collapse which left Burbage on 29 for 5 including overseas player Bevan small to a “worldy catch” at short leg for nought.
Dan Swatton and Duncan Lorrain managed to get the score up to 59 before Dunc was caught & Bowled. Once Dan was out for 26 hitting a long hop to deep square leg only Adam(16) and Ollie (13) Lavis reaching double figures Burbage collapsed to 100 all out, which, despite the wicket being tricky to bat on, was some way short of what was felt to be par score.
Tea was taken and the players knew that taking early wickets was essential if Burbage were going to have any chance of getting anything from this match.
Tom Wallbridge opened the bowling and got Burbage off to a flyer by taking two wickets in the first 4 balls to leave Goatacre on 0-2. Burbage kept toiling away and with a bit more luck could have got back into the game, but it wasn’t to be. Local hero Iles and Horton then batted through to finish the job off to give Goatacre a well deserved victory.
Tom Wallbridge showed great form on his return from injury to bowl 10 overs 2 for 16, on another day he may have had a few more wickets.
A very poor display from Burbage which they quickly put behind them by the time we arrived back at the clubhouse. Not a great birthday present for coach Stoddy (49 apparently) but hopefully with the visit of runaway leaders Cheltenham next week everyone will raise their game accordingly.
The game starts at The Red Lion Field at 1pm with a Caribbean evening to follow it should be a terrific event, please feel free to come along.