Little Common Ramblers 1st X1 got their league season off to a great start taking maximum 30 points against Newick at the Recreation Ground.
Ramblers without inspirational captain Jon Meredith were put into bat on a damp wicket after a week of heavy rain. Jonne Tryphonos and Deluar Ahmed got the innings off to a steady start before falling in quick succession. Tom Rose departed soon after leaving Ramblers in a precarious position at 23 for 3. Stand in captain Mark Hopkinson and all rounder Alex Coombs (67 not out) first consolidated the innings before both playing some lovely shots around the Ground . When Hopkinson departed for 56 they had put on an impressive partnership of 103. Chris Meredith joined Coombs and immediately took the attack to Newick hitting three fours and a six in a swashbuckling innings of 37 before being caught on the cover boundary. Mike Chambers then came to the crease and clubbed a quick fire 24 not out.
Ramblers innings ended on 230 for five and the players went to tea in a confident mood.
Newick in reply got off to a flying start, in the main due to some wayward bowling as openers Ton Constable struggled to find their length. Constable (2 for 36) picked up two wickets before being removed from the attack having bowled two (accidental) beamers. Ahmed then found his rhythm picking up three quick wickets. At 80 for 5 Newick were reeling. However some determined batting from James Waylett (35) and George Read (56) took Newick to 173 and the game in the balance. Ramblers also had another bowler removed from the attack (Ed Feist) for another two Beamers.
Newick s hopes were soon thwarted as Joe Croft was brought back into the attack and tore through the tail finishing with 4 for 38 off 12 overs. Croft was well supported by Coombs 1 for 16 as Newick were dismissed for 182.
Ramblers travel to Fletching on 12th May and welcome to the side Jon Meredith, Oliver Norris for his 1st team debut and new signing Tom Powell.
Match Balls sponsored by SJ Feist & Co.