Saturday 6th May – Gloucester City Winget (Away)
It’s been an eventful week.
In Westminster, rumours have begun to spread about Dianne Abbot and Jeremy Corbyn’s illicit affair. In Paris, France elected their tallest president since the 1950’s, and finally, in Gloucester, the Burbage 1XI claimed an emphatic win, at the start of their 2017 WEPL campaign.
On what was a fairly overcast morning, the boys arrived at the ground in plenty of time for another of Stoddy’s expertly designed warmups. After losing the toss… Shock…we were put into bat on what was described by Dan Wooton ‘’as an absolute road’’. Past pitch reports from Woot have been anything but accurate so the boys went into the innings with a certain level of caution.
After losing the first wicket early doors, a lot rested on the skipper, Dave Cope and Deepak Joon to steady the ship. The events that unfolded over the next two and half hours will go down in Burbage folk law for thousands of generations. Cope and Joon put on a second wicket stand of 301 to take the team into a ridiculously commanding position. A masterclass of effective ‘busy’ cricket with the odd ‘YES bank maximum’ thrown in for good measure.
With a small flurry of runs from others at the end, the boys finished on 399 for 4 with Deepak, the magician, Joon, ending up on 221 not out, and Cope on 124. The message at the break was that the team had to keep focussed, to finish the job and to enjoy our tea.
The boys took to the field once again and Burbage got to work quickly with O. Lavis claiming the first wicket – a top edge to the slip cordon. On a flat track, the bowling unit worked well with A. Lavis building a lot of pressure from the pavilion end. Taking 5 well worked wickets, the boys restricted Gloucester to 287 off their fifty overs and therefore well behind the required total.
A real statement of intent from the Burbage boys this week, showing that we are going to be a very difficult side to beat throughout the summer.
Next week sees Cheltenham make a visit to the Red Lion Field – its set to be a cracker.
CREDIT: Duncan De Vere Lorrain