Hog Bay v MacGillivray
A breezy overcast day and a healthy sized crowd met MacGillivray as they took on the new look Hog Bay at home for the first time this season.
It was great to see some old teammates reunite, as well as some new introductions between the two teams before MacGillivray won the toss and elected to bat.
Wheaton almost had the perfect start against his old team, with J. Bald trying to pull a shortish delivery to the boundary on the first ball, only to have it fall wide of the fielder.
A tight opening spell from Wheaton and Boers saw a breakthrough when Boers took a sharp catch off of Wheaton's bowling dismissing Bald for 14.
At 1 for 19 MacGillivray was off to a shaky start, but S. Snowball strode to the crease and seemed to make light work of the tight bowling.
Between Snowball and a solid looking J. Turner, the young MacGillivray pair put on a 106 run partnership, both rarely looking troubled and Snowball finding the boundary regularly.
After drinks and with plenty of wickets in hand, J. Turner tried his hand at finding the boundary only to be caught by a sharp footy like take to L. Turner.
When Wheaton came back on for his final spell and took the wickets of Bullard and Snowball (who fell agonisingly short of his ton on 93 trying to take Wheaton over the fence) the middle and lower order of MacGillivray were scrambling to find their gear.
I and C Bolto combined for some quick fire runs but soon fell to sharp catches to Neville and Howard.
When Berry fell LBW and newcomer C. Bolwell was run out, Hog Bay were quickly into the MacGillivray tail, but couldn't find the last few wickets with MacGillivray finishing 8 for 212.
K. Wheaton the pick of the Hog Bay bowlers with 3/40.
After an impressive smoko spread was laid out, there was grumbling from the visitors that they may have over indulged. Opening bowlers Snowball and K.
Bolto didn't seem to be affected though, as the pair combined with some tight bowling to put a heap of pressure on the home team to find the boundaries.
Bolto broke through first, finding the stumps of Moorehead, then had Hicks LBW the next over to have the home side at 2 for 29. S. Howard (26) looked solid in defence and was finding the boundary, however when Bullard took the ball and knocked over the leg, middle and off stump of Howard, Neville and Boers respectively in consecutive overs, the Hog Bay batting line up struggled to recover.
Some good defence from Clark was undone when he chased some boundaries, and Buick saw off the good deliveries only to be caught and bowled trying to hit a rare loose delivery from Bullard to boundary, giving Bullard his fifth wicket of the afternoon.
L. Turner showed those batting above him how to find the boundary, smacking a couple of boundaries before being caught to end the Hog Bay innings.
Hog Bay being all out for 77 (again grumbled a few players) giving MacGillivray their first win of the season. - Sub Fielder