With possibly the strongest side of the season available for the 2s game at old Bs it was always going to be tough for the home side.
The only glimmer of hope they received all day was 1s team rejects Carter & Elphick turning up 20 mins before the start (1hour late) having stopped for a bacon butty probably on their way back from the previous nights session, however eventual arrival proved to be crucial.
Skipper Tryfonos having lost the toss on a green top that resembled day 5 at the local rugby ground was pleasantly surprised to be bowling 1st.
With Duckworth & Drissell struggling for a breakthrough & Drissells baddy knee forcing him off after 2 overs (for the second week running) a poor tone was set. Duckworth ran down the hill for 7 overs struggling to beat the bat and bowling a range of half volleys and half trackers (tho fortunately the opposition were not able to put them away) allowing Duckworth to mope off with figures of 7 overs 1- 12 ( a poor effort against the worst batting line up in the league and possibly the world).
1st team hopeful Mason did not fare much better spraying the ball all over the shop however still managing to claim 2 victims in his 9 overs for only 30 runs, but would have expected further wickets having had such success in previous weeks against far better opposition.
On come Carter who as per his 1st team role took the old ball and attempted to rescue the dower situation that the front line bowlers had left him and guess what, perform he did.
A top drawer display of bowling 55mph gas on a green top from Carter, plundering wickets for fun (albeit with ace slip fielder Drissell shelling 2 in quick succession and trying to ruin the day). Carter finished with figures of 8-5-27 and was ably supported by Stone Cold Steve Austin who picked up 2-11 from 3 overs finishing old Bs off for 97 in under 25 overs.
Straight back out without Tea, Elphick and Tryfonos took to the crease, and the Old Bs attack, just like days of old, notching up yet another 50 partnership in no time.
Elphick although a little nervy at this level (through risk of ridicule and heavy fines) adapted quickly scoring his first league 50 for 5 years and staking his claim alongside Carter for an immediate 1s recall, although it will be old boy Mark Alleyne who they will have to dislodge as the 1s inflicted a crushing defeat of there own and the ex England star returning to the side.
Tryfonos and Elphick knocked the runs off inside 25 overs for none with some great shots on a tricky wicket and in summary,
a very solid performance against a very poor Old Bs, but the top spot well preserved and promotion chase solidified.
Roll on next week for the grudge match and biggest game of the season v Bristol Pakistanis at the Clanage (the only team to beat Bemmi 2s this year).
Hopefully the 1s hopefuls will not be too disappointed to. E with the 2s and to dodge the Taunton away bullet in the first week of the school holidays, good luck with the 730am alarm call 1s lads.