Tough start to the season for Uley away at Whitminster.

For the first game of the year Uley were up against Whitminster firsts away at Whitminster playing fields.

Having being put in to bat, Uley got off to a fast start after a wayward first over of the season from James Wardley, but Whitminster soon tightened things up. Jason Owens in particular bowled a canny spell of seam and was rewarded by the wicket of Brendan Hughes, brilliantly caught in the gully by Jack Price for 4. Pierre Bell and Henry Pritchard battled through some accurate bowling before Pritchard was caught at backward point. Pars Ghadiali came on to bowl a miserly spell of 10-5-16-3 including starting with 5 maidens on the spin. Wickets continued to fall regularly with only Steve Large making an inventive 18  staying around for any length of time. Pierre Bell fell caught behind to Joe McGoldrick for a patient 44 and the tail folded quickly to Robbie Helliwell to leave Uley all out for 101.

 

In reply, Whitminster started briskly with Matt Clutterbuck in particular taking a heavy toll on anything loose. Sean Sage bowled a probing opening spell of 6-1-25-0 and there were creditable debut performances from Charlie Gladding and Steve Winchester who was rewarded by bowling Clutterbuck for 49.

Whitminster cantered home in 15 overs with captain Lewis Cook unbeaten on 35 to win by 9 wickets.

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