Third Team Finish With A Win
By James Wheeler
Mark Bater's Third Team ended the season with a thumping win against Barnes Wild Geese. Despite the victory, wins for Wraysbury and Slough meant a third place finish, with Bater's men agonisingly finishing two points behind the eventual champions.
Bater once again won the toss and inserted the hosts. The Barnes opening pair of Larry Moir and Chris Shorrock started steadily against our opening attack of Toby Seagrave and Angus Cumming who both beat the bat without any luck. The pair put on 77 in 25 overs before the pair were dismissed by James Darraugh who bowled an excellent spell of leg spin.
Once the opening pair had been dismissed, the floodgates opened with Darraugh and Dan Boniface putting the squeeze on in the middle overs. Chris Curry was brought on to finish the innings as he has down so often this season, with his clever variations the South African born all-rounder picked up 5-29 as the hosts ended their innings on 160-9 off 45 overs.
Bater opened the batting with the returning Rory Wood as the Third Team looked for a quick win so they could head back to the club for the end of the season celebrations. Wood paced himself well with strokes all around the ground. Bater punished almost every delivery faced combining reverse sweeps for four with powerful drives all around the ground. Bater was eventually dismissed for his highest innings of the season of 86 as we closed in on victory. Wood was dismissed an over later for 49 and it was left to Benn Kempster and Dan Tidey to see the third team across the line and seal an eight wicket win.