BATES Cottages’ second XI bounced back from their previous week’s defeat to end Stobswood seconds’ unbeaten run.
Stand-in skipper Will Gibson won the toss and chose to bat on a surface that at once looked tricky, hoping a good score would be enough.
After a fast start in which the second over went for 16 runs, Bates started to lose wickets.
First Gibson top edged a pull shot to mid-wicket and then Scott Fenwick and Nathan Allan were both clean bowled playing across the line to straight and full deliveries.
Andrew Lamb kept the scoring rate high and looked comfortable, hitting a couple of huge flat sixes to the offside toward the short boundary. But no one could stay with him at the other end.
Then Lamb himself perished on 48 to one of the most bizarre dismissals seen at Bates – the ball pitching two feet outside the off stump and then bouncing no higher than six inches all the while turning toward the stumps.
Lamb had no chance and was clean bowled by Simon Urwin’s delivery.
Some useful runs down the order from Craig Barnes and Steve Lambert pulled Bates over the 100 mark, the innings eventually ending with the home side 130 all out.
With Bates needing a fast start to win, Stobswood had other ideas, skipper Dullaghan being particularly aggressive in hitting over the top. And so began one of the best spells of bowling in recent years for the seconds.
Man of the match Davy Gillott’s accuracy and length finally proving too much for Dullaghan, who missed a straight one, starting a run of six wickets from the medium pacer which destroyed the Stobswood line up.
Robson was holding firm but was running out of partners.
And when spinner Chris Thomas entered the action he finished off the tail, taking three wickets, all caught and bowled, from only 2.5 overs.
Stobswood were all out for 93 – 37 runs short.
The win moves Bates up to fourth, and they play the return fixture against Stobswood this coming weekend.