Where was the rain?
Bare start the 2018 season with a great team victory for new skipper.
Archit never changes ("the plant bit me!!!")
After the coming and goings at Cross Hill Lane over the winter, new skipper Phil Martin
lost the toss on a gorgeous day at Cross Hill Park. After plenty of rain and bad weather, the pitch looked in good nick all things considered. Bare were asked to bat on a track where 120 seemed to be a par score with lots in it for the bowlers. Bare got off to an usual flyer with Oz (27), after a few time he was dropped, and Archy (9) building up a decent partnership until Bhadwaj played a typical swipe and was bowled. Godd support from Schweppsy (18) meant Bare were 52/1 off 15 overs. Troughton (1-24) bowled a neat 12 over spell removing the other Bare opener and a 'yahoo' shot meant Kirkby Lonsdale went through the Bare middle order with Watson (3-21) . Burrow (24) had a cameo which boosted the Bare score but Sinclair (2-26) put a stop to that. Martin (12) and Cook (9) got Bare past 100 with a sensible innings from Copsey (3 not out), but Metcalf's (3-28) second spell with Kirk (1-14) finished Bare off for 113.
After a great Leamon style tea and plenty of squeaks coming across the Cross Hill Park, Oz (3-28) took 2 quick wickets, one with a smart catch behind from vice-Nev! Williams and Beaumont put a classy 50 partnership on, so came the change of bowlers started their wrong ends. Even random appealing from Cops, Vishnu (the new oversees pro with the second longest name in the team!) and the skip proved in vein! With Kirkby on 73/2, the game looked to be heading in Kirkby's favour. Oz removed danger man Beaumont for 25 and then Cook ripped through the middle order with stumps flying everywhere. Even Archit trying to throw the game didn't work as Albon (3-21) got the opener Williams out for a well battled 39. The forecast heavy rain at 4 never came and Albon finished the job, probably putting his shoulder out meaning Bare bowled out Kirkby Lonsdale for 80 and gaining 15 well earned points. Even though the captain was off the field having had 12 missed calls from the police, the team decided it should be Nev that then gets the 100% record so far!!!
A trip to Sedgewick next week will be a tough challenge for the Bare boys. With players to return, this good team performance will give the selectors a few head aches.