First Team Take Down Slough
By James Wheeler
Week six saw the start of nine consecutive weeks of ‘timed match’ format. Having won the toss, the visitors Slough had no hesitation in inserting us in damp and cloudy conditions.
Slough's opening bowlers made excellent use of the seam bowler conditions taking early wickets and consistently setting back with four batsman out for a combined total of 13 runs.
With the score on 45-5, a partnership was badly needed as captain Shelvin Gumbs joined AJ Woodland at the crease. Interrupted by rain on two occasions, the pair set about rebuilding the innings before Gumbs was out for 48 with the score on 141, a much needed partnership of 98.
Woodland continued his resistance as he batted with the tail carrying his bat for 86 as we finished with 174 for 8 from 55 overs (reduced from 64 due to rain interruptions).
When we took to the field, we could not have asked for a better start as both Slough open batsman were removed without scoring with Simon Stanway and Tom Weymes taking one wicket each.
A partnership of 57 then threatened to take the game away, then Mo Choudhry took his first wicket to halt Slough’s resistance. Andy Harris then took the wicket of Slough’s informed overseas. By now Slough was beginning to fall behind the rate and the First Team continued to work together resulting in them chipping away at the Slough wickets.
The visitors was eventually bowled out for 121 with Andy Harris taking three wickets, and both Choudhry and Steve Clark taking two wickets each.
This was a much needed win for our First Team as they moved from the bottom of the table up to seventh place. Next week the First Team travel to Finchampstead.