With some of the superstars away, it was left for veteran Alex Gibbs to captain a younger and mixed side against Port Rejects. Having lost the toss we took the field with a couple of dads kindly helping out. Fortunately we had George Wayman, back from Uni, behind the stumps, who then gave Dan Taylor the gloves and bowled a very tidy 8 overs first change. Harry Woolway and Zac Wheeler had opened the bowling, restricting the run rate well, although Harry’s second spell was probably better than his first. Marcus Mathew , a newcomer to the club, his family recently back from Germany, also bowled and fielded well, and looks certain to be a very valuable all rounder to the club. In fairness we were always short of a bowler and after experimenting with Alex Corbett and Dan Taylor, Alex was forced to bowl himself. Port Rejects were as bemused by his slow right hand round as Roy the umpire was irritated by him running down the wicket , and they managed to give away three wickets in fairly short order, eventually being bowled out for 216.
George and Harry replied in contrasting but great one day style, setting us on our way to 100 in less than 10 overs. George getting 84 in gloriously imperious fashion before being bowled. Alex Corbett at 3 made his first 50 for the club, and Buckhorn comfortably got home with in excess of 10 overs to spare. Despite a fine display all round, Harry’s not out 62 was perhaps the pick of the day, a solid openers innings during which he gave no chance, showing maturity far beyond his age.
Bowling Figures: Woolway 1 for 22, Wheeler 1 for 36, Mathews 2 for 29, Wayman 2 for 35, all off 8 overs Gibbs 3 for 18 off 3 overs.
Batting: Wayman 84, Woolway 62 NO, Corbett 56.
Team : Alex G ( capt ) , Alex C, George W, Cortland T, Dan T, Harry W, Zac W, John F, Marcus M.