The Saturday Bears edged a thrilling encounter with Biddestone on Saturday in sweltering conditions at the Glasshouse by 13 runs. The skipper thankfully won the toss and elected to bat, the aforementioned skipper and fellow veteran Chris Bence added 145 for the first wicket before Gunning fell for an out of character quick (ish)(76).

Bence was joined by the youthful Newman who again looked in good touch, dispatching the ball to all parts of the ground. However, Bence was next to go for a swash-buckling (78), having hit a 6 and 4 in consecutive balls he felt he should try and hit one more (rather Josh Sutton esque!)…..unfortunately he was caught and bowled! Newman continued to look in fine form and guided to the team to a season high score of 266, which could have been more if the rotation been better.

The chat amongst the team at tea was that 266 was just over par for the absolute run-way the Glasshouse pitch is turning in to. Early wickets were key and taking catches was extremely important. At 98/0 and 200/2 things weren’t looking too good, especially as Matt Unwin was looking more and more dangerous with every 4…..or 6! However, at big moments in games, big players step up, step up Jay Morris who had Unwin caught and bowled for an outstanding (128). Unwin had taken his team so close but with some good death bowling the boys managed to restrict Biddestone to 253 and picked up a much needed win in doing so.

Thanks to stand in scorer Peter Wood who did an admirable job and to family Morris and Georgia (a Morris in waiting) for producing another tea worthy of Lords.