Some inspired captaincy from stand in skipper Neil Gibson, saw the Golden Fleece triumph against long time rivals Erlestoke & Coulston CC. (Shame his batting wasn’t inspired).
On a day of sunshine and very heavy showers, both of hail and rain, the game was reduced to 35 over a side. Fielding first, GFCC kept the run rate down to 3 an over after 30 overs. A final flurry saw Erlestoke put together 144 runs for 5 wickets off their 35 overs. The bowlers shared the spoils with debutant Kev Dornan taking 1 for 11.
With Paddy and Chris opening the batting, under orders of “smack it hard or die trying” GFCC were 2 wickets down after 8 deliveries, but Howard Fountain and Toby Nightingale came in and settled things with a stand of 90 odd. A steady start from H’ard accelerated to 54. Toby Nightingale chimed in with a solid 25, before Nick Sparrow’s valuable 35 runs saw the Fleece to near their target. Requiring 19 off the last 4 overs and a few wickets falling, it was getting tense, but Steve Gibson came in a biffed his first ball for 6 which knocked the wind out of the sails for Erlestoke. Steve nailed the coffin shut with another 6 to finish, with 4 balls to spare.
Other performances of note were Paddy Beatty scoring a near perfect 10 for some of his many pirouettes in the slippery outfield. A promising start for Mark Graves on debut. Howard missed 2 stumpings and 1 run out (technically speaking).