By Liam Moakes 16/05 Updated: 23/05 19:09
THE SUN finally came out as Broadway CC enjoyed their first action of the season on Saturday - a three-wicket home win over Bearley in the Cotswold Hills League Premier Division.
Welcoming newly-promoted Bearley, Broadway won the toss and invited the visitors to bat. The pitch, while surprisingly dry on the surface, offered the bowlers plenty of assistance and the lack of pace made strokeplay difficult.
Bearley opener and captain Lee Ross made light of this, however, with an entertaining and stylish 49.
The visitors started positively, but lost wickets at regular intervals. With Broadway’s seamers understandably rusty, regular extras assisted Bearley and extras finished the innings as second top scorer.
Powell (1-44), Stewart (2-27) and Horsburgh (2-30) chipped away at the Bearley batsmen but it was the introduction of Beale (5-29) which proved their real undoing.
He enticed a ferocious yet uppish drive from Ross on 49 and Matthew Phillips claimed a memorable catch at mid-off.
A late flurry of boundaries from the lower order improved a potentially meagre looking total to 136 all out and sent the away side into tea with a positive attitude.
Broadway’s response started haplessly as their captain G Evans fell to the first ball of the reply.
In getting the wicket though, Layton suffered an injury which meant his first over was also his last. This heaped more pressure on to the Kiwi Anderson, who bowled with pace and he made early inroads with what looked to be a match-winning opening spell.
Anderson cleaned bowled Close and Mark Evans first ball and had the dogged Nigel Evans caught in the gully to reduce Broadway to 40-5.
Unfortunately for him he found Jamie Powell in typically belligerent mood and, after an untypical, circumspect start, Powell blasted a staggering 34 off a single over to wrestle the initiative his side’s way.
Powell (62no) was vitally dropped on 49 and used his life to guide the home side through as Anderson (4-19) was reintroduced, but to no avail.
Broadway, who earned 18 points, reached 138-7 to get the season off to a winning start after the opening day clash at Exhall & Wixford was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
In a successful start to the campaign, Broadway 2nds also prevailed at Rowington 2nds by four wickets in a low-scoring Division Five encounter.
Rowington were all out for 74 and Broadway, who collected 19 points, overhauled their total for the loss of six wickets.
Tomorrow Broadway visit Elmley Castle and the 2nds host Great Alne.
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