Youth and experience is a winning combination

St Andrews v Garboldisham 3rds (B)  NCL Div 2, May 2, 2015

St Andrews 150 all out, Garboldisham 3rds 152 for 4

For the season’s first game, Garboldisham 3rds sent a team of experience and youth against a very experienced St Andrews. Skipper for the day Peter Barnes won the toss and put the home side in to bat. Two GCC youngsters opened the bowling and Jack Simpson took two wickets in his first spell. Angus Pringle bowled steadily but any loose ball was soon sent to the boundary. Angus took a great catch off his skip’s bowling, then Tom Melvin, on his long awaited return to the club, took a further wicket. Youngster Findlay Penrose bowled a few tight overs before the elder statesmen of the team, Peter Barnes and Eddie Thorne, caused havoc to St Andrews tail with Barnsey finishing up with 5 for 19 and St Andrews 150 all out.

Nick Asker and Eddie Thorne got Garboldisham off to a solid start putting on 46 runs before Eddie chopped on for 22. John Hogg came to the wicket and played one or two good shots amongst some that were agricultural. Asker was out for 46 bringing 14-year-old Toby Culling to the wicket who immediately played some fine textbook shots. With Hoggy out for 35, another 40 runs were still required. Culling was out to a good catch but sensible batting by Chris Pringle (20*) and Simpson (5*) saw the team home and finish on 152 for 4.

A good first win of the season but this coming weekend’s game will probably be a much sterner test…

Peter Barnes

Photo: GCC elder statesman Peter Barnes shows them how it’s done with bowling figures of 5 for 19 against St Andrews