The first day of the cricket season got off to a chilly start and two centuries for WBCC batsmen as the 1st XI lost at Plumtree and the Sunday 1st XI beat Radcliffe.

 

In SNCL Division B the 1st XI lost the toss and were asked to bat first on a hard but green Plumtree wicket.

Debuts were handed to Ben Ryder and Prabhakar Manyala with a welcome to return for George Orange and Andrew Sharpe.

The innings didn't start well with Plumtree youngsters Carter and Jandu reducing the 1s to 23-4 with Pettit (10), Ryder (2), Sharpe (0) and Sheard (0) all dispatched.

Mayala and Sheriston took the score to 91-5 before Sherro was bowled by the left arm spin of Gamble.

Oliver Straw joined Prabhakar and after a slow start they took the total to an imposing 224-5 off 48 overs, hitting 99 off the last 10 overs. In the process Straw make his 50 and Prab scored the exact amount of runs required in the last over to finish 100*.

In reply Plumtree started at a decent run rate, one that they would easily maintain through the match as the pitch appeared to get easier to bat on.

George Orange removed opener Doherty with the score on 34 but with Stan Carter joining Bazmi further success would a long way in coming.

Both batsmen took no risk but at the same time took advantage of any opportunity to score and the 1s flagged they opened their shoulders more.

The dismissal of Bazmi for 79 ending a 129 run partnership came as a surprise and despite a couple more wickets and the game going down to the penultimate ball the two Plumtree youngsters had done the hard graft and ultimately won them the game.

At Stamford Road the Sunday 1st XI won comfortably against Radcliffe on Trent.

The visitors racked up a decent 191-9 off their 40 overs with the wickets shared around between the bowlers.

The star of the chase was Joe McLaughlin who scored his maiden WBCC hundred hitting the winning runs to bring up his ton off 118 balls.

Joe was ably support by John Spragg (63) and Alex Winiarski (13*) as the total was reached with 15 balls to spare.