No remarkable finish for Methodists
Methodists travelled to Mile Straight in Stoke Gifford to play Bohemians Seconds on their batsman-friendly, high-scoring ground and, on winning the toss, asked the home side to bat first.
Stuart Green opened the bowling on the occasion of his 900th game for the Methodists and, along with the economical Daniel Shearn, kept the local batsmen under control at the start. Shearn claimed the first wicket followed quickly by another for Howard Jones, but Harry Douglas and Jordan Cox then began to play some more expansive shots for the hosts. A Craig Eyles run-out did for Cox (20) while Douglas (28) unleashed a few more lusty blows, but the irrepressible Iain Locke and skipper Alex Nash then restored some control for the Methodists. Nash claimed three wickets (great catch, Darcey Green!) to restrict any late-innings batting heroics, although home captain Nick Bishop weighed in with a useful 36, helping Bohemians to post 187-9 from their forty overs.
After tea, Nash and Mark Robinson got the Methodists' reply off to a measured start, gradually increasing the scoring as they added 73 in the opening 17 overs. Nash had reached an even fifty when he was eventually snared by the guile of slow bowler Jason John (3-32), who then nipped out the next two batsmen in a similar manner. The experienced Locke then joined Robinson in the middle and set about injecting some momentum into the Methodists' stalling innings - the pair putting on 45 runs in nine overs, before Locke (19) was replaced by Stuart Green. He kept up the momentum and, as Robinson reached his fifty, the game was still not over. But despite a late flurry of scampered singles Green (24*) couldn't quite pull off a remarkable finish - Bohemians just nicking it by the slender margin of nine runs.
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