Cirencester 1st XI ease to 8 wicket victory over Woodpeckers, Simon Rowe and Tom Fullalove the pick of the bowling with Rich Hudson adding scoring 30
Winning the toss and asking The Woodpeckers to bat first on what looked like a good pitch was perhaps a gamble but the intention was to put the newly promoted visitors under early pressure. This was achieved admirably by the opening bowling partnership of Tom Fullalove and Ben Girling. It was Fullalove, with his customary fully committed approach, that got the early breakthroughs taking 3 wickets in his opening spell. The Woodpecker batsmen looked intent on playing their shots regardless of the match situation and the introduction of Simon Rowe into the attack was to prove a decisive move. With a brisk breeze blowing across the field assisting his in-swing, and by maintaining a constant and nagging length there was no one who looked comfortable against him, figures of 8 overs 4 for 17 were just rewards. A couple of wickets for Jack Roberts and a fine catch by Richard Hudson off the bowling of Fullalove, to claimed his 4th wicket, brought the innings to a close with a less than imposing total of exactly 100.
Having succeeded in the first part of the plan it was now important the Cirencester batsmen completed the job. Whilst never looking totally at ease against some spirited bowling the opening partnership of Richard and Dan Hudson, the brothers began to make in-roads in to the total, the difference between their approach being that they were prepared to be patient and wait for the poor delivery. Both were dismissed in quick succession for 30 and 28 respectively, but their fine opening stand of 78 set up what was to prove a comfortable win. James Gilchriest batting at 3 looked in great touch and his unbeaten on 21 took Cirencester across the line. Another good result and a maximum of 22 points continues the good start to the season.
|Total||for 10 wickets, 28.1 overs||100|
|Total||for 2 wickets, 20 overs||101|