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Pre-Season Plums on Fire

Pre-Season Plums on Fire

By Jonathan Stickler
17 April 2017
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Pershore Plums start season with wins across the board in opening weekend.


Pershore got their season underway with victories across the Easter weekend.

Saturday 15th April brought together a successful start for both the 1st and 2nd XIs. The 1st team traveled to Cheltenham without injured skipper Chris Ridings but were buoyed by the introduction of new signings Jon Hancock, Chris Miles and Steve Miles.

Having lost the toss the Plums were put into bat and made the most of the pitch. Adam Wiffen picked up where he left off with the first 100 of the year before retiring out. Liam Ridings proved the main support with 86 not out whilst the aforementioned three new signings all chipped in with worthy contributions to finish with 320-4 from their 50 overs.

The return of Luke Dalley to the bowling attack after a lengthy injury spell acted as a new signing to the team. Opening partner Tom Pilling and Dalley took 3 wickets each to leave Cheltenham struggling, and when James Towey and Taylor Pugh took the remaining wickets Cheltenham were all out for 111 to complete a job well done for the Plums.

The 2nd XI started the season with a victory over an Ombersley team in the division above. Again having been put into bat the Plums made a good total. New signing Alex Clasen opening the batting scored an ever accelerating 74 and shared a good third wicket partnership with Will Green (74). Archie Oxley (24) and Will Palmer (17) added impetus at the end of the innings to finish with 237 all out from their 40 overs.

Ombersley started well in their pursuit of the total but once captain Sam Oakley departed for 72 they eventually fell short on 208 all out. A good victory for a young plums team who's average age was under 20.

Easter Sunday saw a mixed 1st/2nd team take on a similar Astwood Bank team. Bank won the toss and chose to bat on an batsmen friendly wicket. Having lost both openers cheaply Bank began to rebuild and used the short boundary effectively to reach 251-3 from their 45 overs.

Wiffen continued his fine form on the weekend with another ton (107) to help make light work of the total. Liam Ridings again contributed (69 n.o) to reach the target alongside stand-in captain, Matt Brace (21 n.o) with nearly 10 overs remaining in the game, 252-3.

A successful start to the Plums season.

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