The sun shone, the supporters stayed home to watch the tennis (not all of them – thanks to all who joined us) – and the game was on. CBC v Minchinhampton Baptist Church.

Losing the toss (blame the captain) CBC took the field. Sam Frost (Frost 1) and Colin Lawford opened the bowling and kept it tight – Colin bowling one of only two maidens of the innings. Harry Frost (Frost 2) removed their opening batsman (the pastor!) with a great catch by Sam Wysocki at short extra cover. Matt Frost (Frost 3) got the next man, following another fine catch by novice Kevin Horton (well done sir). However, the Michinhampton boys were piling on the runs – ably assisted by some fine wides from our bowling. This made the job of Phil Biggs our keeper even tougher – but he put himself on the line for the team with some great work behind the stumps. Sam Wysocki – CBC’s left arm bowler was the most economical of the day – including a maiden. Step in Jethro Kingsley, our youngest player, who skittled two of the Minch boys in his two overs. And then John Emerson, bowling at the death bowled another. Plus a run out from some sharp fielding meant MBC finished on 165 for 6 off 20 overs.

Time to chase down this fairly high score. Ian Frost (Frost 4) and Phil Biggs got the ball rolling – with Ian notching up 18 runs before being caught on the boundary by a man in a bright yellow shirt. Dave Baldwin  then stepped up – hitting the only 6 of the innings and top scoring with 20 before being given out LBW (blame the umpire). The MBC bowling was of a high standard – and gave away many fewer extras than CBC. Kevin Horton hit a lovely four to long off. Stylish batting from Phil Trainer, who was hungry for runs – but slipped over and was run out (hard luck). Sam Frost and Matt Frost steadied things at the end (9 and 9 n.o.) but were scoring too slowly to give CBC any chance of catching the score – finishing on 118 for 7.

Well done to all the CBC team and supporters – a great job.

Congratulations to the Minchinhampton Baptist Church team on their win – and here’s to next year.

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