With “Bourne” facing league leaders Ampfield, it was no surprise that having lost the toss skipper Matt Newman
was asked to take first knock, and Glasson made his way to the crease accompanied by Peter "Meldrew" Sadler. It was an emotional moment for the 58 year old, opening with his closest friend, however Glasson soon proved that unlike his opening partner he "still had it" despite not picking up a bat for over 2 years.
With regular opener Jamie Harvey
absent and thus freeing up about 10 overs worth of scoring oppurtunities for the team, this left the other Bourne batsman enough time to amass a decent total, and immediately Glasson set about the Ampfield bowling finding the boundary regularly - although not with the frequency that the oxygen deficient Sadler would have appreciated. After 10 overs the score registered 59 without loss.
The 18th over saw the demise of Sadler (21) playing all around a straight one with the score on 85 and he was quickly followed by Ben Newman
(6). Matt Shellum continued his good start for Winterbourne scoring 31 not out in a 65 run partnership with Glasson. Shellum has already passed the captain's run total for the year in just three games at a healthy average of 34. When Glasson departed for a fine 112, Phil Parsons
(10) continued with Shellum and Matt Newman
chipped in with 5 not out to at last take his average into double figures. Winterbourne's highest home total of the year had been set at 210-4.
It was soon clear that this total was going to be a challenge for Ampfield, the first over being a wicket maiden. This was to be the first of five consecutive maidens bowled by Ben Newman
, who finished with amazing figures of 10-6-9-2. He was well supported the other end by the unlucky Parsons 10-5-14-0. With Matt Newman
actually turning up to nets in the week in a frantic bid to find some form with the ball, hopes were high that the filth he had been bowling was a thing of the past. Alas, the first ball was no different and when he threw up a juicy full toss, even the away umpire commented, "Christ, I see what they mean in the match reports now!!". After three overs he had gone for more runs than his talented younger brother did in his entire 10 over spell.
At the other end Craig Johnson
took two wickets as Ampfield closed on the rather strange score of 86-8.
Thruxton now top the North West 3 table and next weeks game against them will be tough with 5 players once again unavailable for selection (Peter Sadler
has of course retired for the fourth time this season).
For the latest table see: http://www.hantscl.co.uk/results_system_v2/custom/hcl/2012/tables/2012RD3NW.htm