The first of our two scheduled encounters with Marldon saw just six wickets fall, and although five of them belonged to Cavaliers we managed to emerge with a win. Heroics were performed by Pete Medlock, who made a great 50 before finally edging to slip, and Ian Sosnowski, who broke the club record with an unbeaten 58.
No such result seemed on the cards when Bayliss and Sharples put on 70-odd runs for the first wicket. Once Snoz had dismissed Sharples for 35, Penny then came in and he and Bayliss proved impossible to dislodge. Dion and Si were our real bowling heroes, each going at just three an over for a total of eleven overs. Their efforts kept Marldon’s innings to a fairly ponderous pace, and we were delighted to restrict them to 184-1 before the agreed declaration at tea.
This would have been seen as an achievement in itself, especially given that our highest score to date was 130 (vs Shaldon Optimists). Once Chalky and I were both out for three, it seemed a familiar kind of collapse might be on the cards.
However Those wickets brought Meds and Snoz together at the crease, and they put together a superb partnership that would go a long way towards winning the game. First Meds got to the landmark 50 then, once he was dismissed, Si came to the crease and smashed the Marldon attack all over the park, his 34 coming almost before Snoz could get his own 50 and pass the club record of 51. At 34 he retired to let Chris have a bat, and he and Snoz knocked off the last few runs to give the Cavaliers a surprise win.