Badgers lose out in another close one in season's first home game but maintain stranglehold in the boat race against Jack Frost Invitational XI
The weather gods were shining on us as the summer anticyclones arrived on schedule and sunny blue skies and 24 degrees welcomed Jack Frost to our first home game of the season
On Thursday night the square was still soaking wet, but 3 days of warm sunny weather dried it enough but made the track a bit tricky for Whitchurch who batted first. Good knocks from Andrew Mutepfa 68no, Nick Hill 43no and Francis 29, enabled Whitchurch to get to 179 which was a good score bearing in mind the wicket and their spin bowlers who turned it square.
Jack Frost reply stuttered, and they lost early wickets their opener was dropped at the wicket off Grogie 3rd ball of the innings and that was to prove expensive ( more on that later). Tommo bowled well 3 -fer as did Lyn and Grogie but their middle order accumulated runs with the opener acting as anchor. The wicket had by now dried out and was playing a lot better and was coming on more and the opener went on to score a ton. Jack Frost got home by 3 wickets with 8 balls to spare.
Good points for the day
1 Scooby and Francis' catches - Top class
2 An incredibly competitive days cricket played to a high standard and in a good spirit.
3 We comfortably won the boat race ( can’t remember the last time Frosters won it!)
4 The Ground looked beautiful and well done Jon Steward for getting a good wicket ready - as it dries out over the next few weeks it will get even better
5 Wonderful weather !!!!!!! (video link to prove it 😀)