Priest 6fer destroys Slimbridge

Minch visited Slimbridge on Saturday and after some heavy early morning rain arrived to an unsurprisingly damp pitch. With the league umpires overseeing things they made the correct decision to delay the start of the game by 30 minutes and reduce it to 38 overs in order to let the pitch dry.

Once this had happened Alex Waring won the toss and correctly chose to bowl with some overcast conditions. Openers John Turton and James Priest instantly caused problems for the Slimbridge openers and skipper Stayte went do a duck, clean bowled by Priest. The next over Turton had his filed perfectly placed as a catch went to Jaime Waring at gully off the slow left arm of Turton. When Rummer-Downing missed timed a drive again to Waring this time off Priest, Slimbridge were in trouble. Priest then removed Williams for a golden duck but couldn’t quite get his 1 ever hat trick next ball. However Priest was relentless and both the Tait brothers fell bowled as Slimbridge languished on 38 for 7. But at the other end veteran Bill Church (36) dug in and found some support from Dakin (22) as they tried to build a recovery. Jaime Waring finally removed Church, caught behind off a sharp catch from keeper Dave Cruickshank and Dave Gordon entered the attack to wrap up the tail with 2 wickets for just 4 runs. But it was Priest who took the honours with club best figures of 10 overs, 3 maidens 6 wickets for just 14 runs. A very fine bowling spell as Slimbridge reached just 94 all out.

In reply Minch did not get the start they were after. Alex Waring was nearly out 1 ball as the bowler spilled a C&B chance and then next over fell caught at fine leg for 4. Pete Raphael and Ross Britton both fell for ducks and Minch were struggling at 14 for 3 as the Slimbridge openers bowled well. But in form Dave Gordon battled back and struck some much needed boundaries, ably supported by Simon Penn. Gordon fell for 23 with the score on 55 for 4, but Simon Penn pushed on. Putting away anything slightly loose he hit a fine 44 under pressure and Jaime Waring came in to provide some support, Waring finishing the game with a six over mid-wicket. Minch reached their target for the loss of 4 wickets inside 20 overs, just in time as within 10 minutes of the end the rain came down. Minch retain their position at the top of the Stroud Premier League.