Men's weekend round-up: June 4th
1's fall short despite Lezar fireworks, and a family partnership sets up another win for the 4's!
Skipper Marc Lezar smashed a 50 ball hundred for the 1's in their pursuit of 265 at home to Taunton St Andrews, however it wasn't enough as no other batter passed 25, and Thornbury fell 63 runs short. Tom Bradley and Josh Riggs took 3 wickets each with the ball, however a last wicket stand of 31 gave TSA momentum heading into their bowling effort.
Lezar took Thornbury from 71-6 to 164-7 in partnership with Mike Barrett on first team debut, however once Lezar was run out TSA turned the screw. The 1's sit 7th in the table and will look to bounce back at Bath this Saturday.
The 2's travelled up to Cheltenham searching for their first win of the season, however for the second week running failed to capitalise on a excellent start with the ball, as Cheltenham recovered from 39-5 to make a competitive 184. James Tunnicliffe was pick of the bowlers with 4-23, and Ani Sanat also picked up a couple of wickets.
In response, Thornbury struggled to build partnerships, and succumbed to 147 all out, with only skipper Andy Weeks offering any resistance, making an unbeaten 58. The 2's host Kingsholm on Saturday and will look for an improved batting performance.
The 3's were victorious in a low scoring game at Tockington against Bitton, with Kapil Agarwal and George Ross seeing the team home with a crucial 40 run 7th wicket partnership. Mike Mosses top scored with 37 as Thornbury completed their second successful chase in a row, after restricting Bitton to 129 from their 40 overs. Skipper Jordan Hicks picked up 4 wickets and youngster Dan Harrod 2.
Three wins on the bounce for the 3's has propelled them to 4th in the league, with a trip to 3rd placed Dyrham and Hinton awaiting this Saturday.
On an even better run are the 4th team, who made it 4 on the bounce with an impressive win at Brislington. Brothers Hugo (42) and Eddie Slade (52) made their highest scores in men's cricket to date as Thornbury piled up 215. In response, a spell of 4-11 from Sunil Reddy ripped through Brislington, with 2 wickets also for Rob January and Henry Slade leading to a 91 run win.
The game also featured a father-daughter opening partnership for the first time in living memory at TCC, as Sunil and Prarthana Reddy walked out together in a fantastic moment for both the family and the club. A record-breaking tweet went out of the pair getting ready to bat and has gone viral, with over 220,000 people viewing the picture! It has been great to see so much online support for the father-daughter partnership and has shined the light on the amazing work our senior sides do from top to bottom. Let's hope it's the first of many partnerships to come!
The 4's are now second in the league, one point off leaders Pucklechurch, and looking to make it 5 on the bounce at home to Old Bristolians Westbury.