A great start to the season

Easter Saturday 2019: the weather was great; blue sky and warm sun all day. The turnout was great; we had 24 players and a host of spectators to enjoy the first game of the season. The pitch had some variety but overall, considering it was its first time in use, played well. Over 360 runs were scored and the scorer Frieda Yeo was kept busy on her return to the fray after her skiing accident last summer, and of course the tea was prolific and tasty.

Midweek captain Ashley Major's team opted to bat first but wickets fell steadily though Rupert Murray hit a stylish 50 not out before being compulsorily retired, along with new member Richard Swallow and Jonnie Power (20 not out) rallying the score to reach a respectable 182 off their 35 overs. Charlie Knight took 4 wickets and could have had 5 if catches had been held.

In reply, James Parton's XII progressed steadily after the early shock of losing Gabriel Sayles, but Angus Cowan carted the ball to the boundary in fours and sixes, ably supported by Mark Mikurenda before retiring at 55 not out. Ferdie Spicer batted well for 48 before losing his wicket to a spectacular one-handed catch behind by Richard Swallow, the first of many edges on the day to be snapped up. With overs to spare Dave Roberts finally hit the winning runs to finish on 20 not out and take the reply to 186 for 5 to clinch victory.

There was some good cricket, with both bat and ball, and a great spirit of enjoyment. The season at Fonthill has begun with a great day.

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