Unbeaten Weekend for WBCC

The firsts were held to a draw by Englefield Green as they looked to continue their promotion push.

In the reverse fixture at home, the 2s won the toss and elected to field on a green, slow wicket and with showers forecast for early afternoon. Green started off steadily with some quick running between the wickets putting pressure on the WBCC fielding, though there were a couple of close run-out chances. Cunningham and Kitt bowled full to get the most out of the pitch and although they were not rewarded with any wickets, they bowled with excellent control to slow the Englefield run rate. The mercurial off-spin of Rogers was then introduced with devastating effect, getting a wicket in his first over, Allen with the comfortable catch. With Kitt and then Schofield tying the batsmen up at the other end, Rogers was able to bowl with great freedom, getting vicious turn and putting a good rev on the ball. Englefield were bowled out for 55 and Rogers claimed a career best of 6 wickets for 5 runs off 7.2 overs, including 2 stumpings by stand-in keeper Beddall; Schofield claimed the other 2 (they only had 9). Newman and Allen got the 2s off to a good start against a good bowling attack, the Englefield left-armer in particular causing a few problems. After Newman departed following a very sharp catch at cover and Loughman bowled by the Englefield spinner, Allen and North took advantage of a few wayward balls from the other end to get the 2s into a strong position after a rain delay forced an early tea and it was left to North to hit the winning run to complete a comfortable victory for the 2s and one they hope to take confidence from going in to the next weekend away to Hook & Southborough.

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