Today didn’t go the way of the 4th Grade from the start of the day. With rain soaking the pitch overnight, and more threatening, both captains were looking to bowl. Unfortunately, after a delayed start, we lost the toss (with more rain sprinkling). Jack Konnis and young Campbell Watts battled through the most challenging period, dealing with slow tennis ball bounce off a good length. Once our opening partnership was broken, steady wickets fell as batters struggled in the conditions. At 4/50-odd at tea, we hoped the worst of the conditions were past, and Oliver Harms came out swinging afterwards reaching 21. Fred McClure offered some resistance at the end, before branching out chasing more runs on his way to around 20. We were eventually bowled out just past 100, giving us 7 overs at them to finish.
We went out hoping for more of the same from the pitch, but the sun had dried the pitch out and their batters were able to take advantage of the attacking fields set, reaching 50 no wickets down.
For a young team (the oldest being just 20), the conditions proved too tough to adjust to, with many wickets falling to catches in front of the wicket. We still have runs in the bank to come out and defend next week, albeit not as many as we would like, and a possible outright result could be set up.