Weather blights cricket season

THE start of the cricket season has been badly affected by the weather, limiting the number of friendly matches that could be arranged before the league fixtures started.

The first full weekend of the league was also wiped out due to the weather.

In the second round of matches the Carsons and Mangotsfield first team played against United Banks, batted first and scored 205, with all the batsmen getting starts.

In a closely fought game, United Banks won on the penultimate ball of the match. 

The second team played against Stapleton and bowled them out for 179.

Michael Coles was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-13.

Carsons and Mangotsfield managed to score the runs required in the 38th over, following a century opening stand by Steve Sykes and Alex Wallage.

The third Team played against a very strong and experienced Frampton Cottrell team. Batting first, Carsons and Mangotsfield scored 140, with useful contributions from Harry Ravenscroft and Tom Manning. However, Frampton Cottrell knocked off the runs in the 25th over.

The fourth team also played Stapleton in a friendly match, with a number of youth team players making their senior debut. Stapleton won by 29 runs.

The Sunday team played against Bristol Pakistanis and scored 217, with Sam Braley scoring 86. Bristol Pakistanis scored the required runs, only losing two wickets in the process.

Ian Coles