The long wait to begin the 2012 season proved worthwhile for the Seconds on Saturday as they fired their way to a 48-run victory over Undercliffe at Wagon Lane.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, openers Warren Allitt
and Rob Dunn
took advantage of a plentiful supply of poor bowling to get the innings off to a strong start, soon bringing up the 50 partnership.
Undercliffe heads were soon down as they grew all the more frustrated at not being able to make the break through.
22 overs had passed before the first wicket fell as Warren left a straight one to depart for a well-made 45, which included 4 fours and a six. 85-1.
joined Rob at the crease as the Seconds looked to maintain the early momentum. The field remained spread, allowing numerous singles and twos to be taken, and Rob was able to bring up a long, long, long overdue 50.
Once settled and into double-figures, Jake started to punish the Undercliffe attack too, despatching any over-pitched delivery to the boundary and soon reaching 50.
Rob worked his way into the 90s and – to his relief – was able to make his century (about time...). Jake continued to demonstrate his new-found strength at the other end (4 sixes, 8 fours), and in an attempt to make his 100 was caught on the boundary in the final over for an excellent 89 from just 83 deliveries.
Tea: Bradford & Bingley 2ndXI 264-2
With runs on the board, the Twos attacked from the off but couldn't make an early break through. To the delight of Richard Slater and Alex Wood
– who each toiled away for 9 and 7 overs respectively – it took a change of bowling and Matthew Keeton
(1-26) to snatch the first wicket with the score on 73.
Wanting to grab the initiative, skipper Warren then turned to Richard McCarthy
and the returning Waj Ali
to tie the Undercliffe batsmen down.
Lured back to Wagon Lane with the promise of an excellent cake and bun selection at the tea-interval, Waj continued where he left off two years ago, causing all sorts of trouble with his in-swing bowling. He ended with figures of 5-41 – the pick of his wickets being a sharp, one-handed caught-and-bowled snaffle.
With Macca (2-64) mixing spin with express-pace from the other end (we'll make a player of him yet), the Undercliffe side lost wickets at regular intervals. Daniel Baines
(2-20) entered the fray late on to bowl a selection of four-balls and wicket-taking deliverers, and despite battling their way to 216 all-out, Undercliffe had been well behind the run-rate ever since losing their first wicket.
A strong performance first up for the Seconds, who will be looking for more of the same as they visit Bankfoot next week.
Bradford & Bingley 2ndXI 20pts; Undercliffe 2ndXI 5pts.