Rain Claims Week 2!
All 4 teams fell victim to adverse weather conditions at the weekend, with rain constantly falling throughout the afternoon a complete result was impossible for the Aldershot teams.
The 2nd XI were poised very nicely in their home fixture against Sonning, reaching 204-4 with 4 overs left to play. Skipper Andy Taylor (73) and wicketkeeper Kev McCafferty (46) set the foundation for George Morten (23*) and Marc Davies (18*) to commence some late innings biffing. They were in full flow when the teams were pulled off and retreated to the bar.
Gary Dates' 3rd XI featuring Amir Hameed (Dreamy combo) had a much more tense affair starting to build, having been bowled out for 166. Alex Farr's 39 and Neil Mumby's 35 were the main highlight of the innings. In response, Taplow were set at 98-0 off 15 with opener Edward Pettman 56 Not Out. We will never know if a couple of wickets would have change the game for the shots, or whether Taplow were on for a 10 wicket win..... we'll just leave it there.
Back to Guildford Road, and 4th XI skipper Martin Harris will feel like his side missed a big chance for a win and an opportunity to boost their point average in the Hampshire League. Having bowled 7-man Easton & Martyr out for 85, the 4s were never able to start their innings against effectively 5 fielders due to the constant downpour. Andy Summers began to find some form taking 4 wickets. Best wishes go to Anish Sam who suffered a nasty injury fielding at slip, speedy recovery Anish.
Padders' Barmy Army travelled to AWE Tadley for what was set to be a tough encounter. Again the rain won, but there were positive signs to be had for the 5s, youngster Jake Baldwin showed excellent glove work behind the stumps and the younger generation of the side seemed to be more than able to hold there own against more experienced teams. Exciting times ahead.