Sandford St Martin kicked off their telegraph cup game against Marsh Gibbon CC away from home. We won the toss on a pitch that we were lucky to get onto with the weather that had plagued the last few days. We chose to bat on what was a tricky wicket initially with rain forecast.
Openers Ian Reynolds and Lewis Anson walked out for their first competitive game of the season. Ian made a good start that could have been made better if the skipper knew how to score on the laptop. However, it stopped working and he was out in the paper score book for 10 (but probably more). Thankfully it meant he could take over scoring duties! Lewis’ wicket fell next to a good ball. George Welch batted at 3 anchoring the innings on a difficult track to bat on and slow outfield making a useful 24. He partnered the following five batsmen. Dobson and Goffe increased the scoring rate when they came to the crease with P.Tanner struggling to make a start. Goffe ended up top scoring with a fluent 34. Marsh Gibbon bowled well, good lines and lengths letting the wicket do the work in what was useful conditions for bowling. They kept it tight and took wickets at regular intervals. This left Sandford around the 110 mark with Kit and George at the crease. Kit was caught for 4, bringing Proccy to come into bat next who made 15. Trinder, Fossey and Seb both added a few more runs taking the final total too 143 all out inside the 40th over.
With the pitch a bit dryer, Sandford looked to try and take advantage of the conditions on offer. Proccy and Lucas opened the bowling taking 3 wickets between them but struggled a little for consistency resulting in some extras being bowled. This left Marsh Gibbon skipper Stuart to the crease at 57-3 off 15 overs. With rain forecast, the duckworth lewis score was in the balance. It proved not to be needed as we got the full game in though. Goffe came on first change for Proccy and got a wicket in his first over leaving marsh gibbon 62-4 after 16. However Stuart and Justin Chambers pulled the game back for Marsh Gibbon batting well. Seb Skinner came onto bowl and made chances happen. 3 dropped catches in the space of 2 overs illustrated this. If Sandford were to hang on to these, it could have been a different outcome for us. This left Marsh Gibbon in the driving seat and Sandford ended up using 8 bowlers to get everyone a decent game.Marsh Gibbon ended up chasing 144 in the 32nd over for 4 wickets.
This finished the game in which everyone played in great spirits and thoroughly enjoyed. It was brilliant to play the second competitive game of the season after first two league games had been rained off. We wish Marsh Gibbon the best of luck in the cup and the league for the rest of the season!