Vital win for Bates firsts against their local rivals

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BATES Cottages made the short trip to Bomarsund on Saturday and tremendous work by the home ground staff after heavy rain was worth their while as they scored a resounding eight-wicket victory.

Visting skipper Baston won the toss and put the home side in to bat.

It was Bates who started brightly, great energy in the field and some tight bowling early on saw Telford made the breakthrough in the second over, Colin Thornton edging behind.

Then a great piece of fielding in the deep from Robbie Burns caught the Bomar batsmen out and his direct hit from fully 40 yards ran out John Haig.

When Stephen Thain drilled a drive staight at Andrew Doyle in the covers two balls later, Bomarsund were 3-3.

Bates were relentless, the swing and accuracy of Gary Dennis under the cloudy skies did for Concannon, an awful shot undone by a great inswinging delivery that also nipped back off the seam.

Only Gary Bell gave any real resistance, with a clutch of well struck boundaries, but once he holed out to Sample in the deep, again off the bowling of Dennis, Bomar looked in real trouble.

Spinner Craggs and medium pacer Sample were introduced – Cragg removing Andy French with a one-handed catch above his head at point from skipper Baston.

Sample then got in on the act with two wickets in two balls, Baston taking a catch at second slip, then totally decieving Gary Mordey first ball and trapping him lbw.

Some late big hitting by wicketkeeper Hudson added some vital runs to the score, but he was left stranded on 24 not out as Bomarsund collapsed to 89 all out.

In a bold move, Robbie Burns was promoted to a pinch hitting role and opened the innings with Tulip.

A couple of lofted blows from Burns brought a couple of twos before a cross batted four and a lovely lofted six down the ground advanced the Bates scorecard nicely in the early overs.

Burns fell the next ball after his six, edging to gully.

This brought Sample to the crease, who displayed superb authority in a lovely innings, some beautiful on-drives back down the ground proving very fruitful.

Once Tulip holed out to point, Bates captain Baston came in and knocked off the required runs.

Bates take on bottom side Clara Vale in another vital match at the Welfare on Saturday.