The indoor team produced their best cricket of this – indeed any recent – season as when they met University III and University II in back-to-back matches at the Devon Cricket Centre.
Thom Bunker had a real battle even getting six players onto the pitch (there’s plenty of ‘talk’ about wanting to support the indoor side – but it’s the same loyal five (Bunks jnr and snr; Will Greig, Biggles jnr and Matt Parker – the latter in his debut indoor season), turning out week in, week out, with the skipper having to spend considerable time trying to get a sixth player – this week he managed to bring along Tom Gardner, a college friend.
Game one saw the BCC six take on Uni III. The students, as the ‘home’ team, batted first and they were restricted to a ‘below-par’ total of 98-3. Will Birley bagged a brace of wickets and certainly looks to have fully recovered from the shoulder injury which washed out his regular 2016 season. His return was 2-18 from three overs with the other bowling figures being; Matt Parker (0-16 in 3), Thom Bunker (0-18 in 2), Will Greig (0-28 in 3) and Dave Bunker (0-14 in 1).
Skipper Thom Bunker launched the reply with Will Greig, the latter being bowled for eight. Bunks junior took the fight to the students, but, along the way lost Parker (for eight), then Birley (run out without scoring) and Gardner (caught first ball) as three wickets fell in as many balls! That brought Bunker senior to join his son and the pair not only battled the side back into contention, but took them to the brink of victory. However, it all proved just too much as the skipper was finally caught for 40 and Bunks senior fell for six. The pair put on 45 for the fifth wicket and ultimately the reply closed on 81 all out – just 17 runs shy of what would have been a first win of the season.
The team then batted first in the meeting with a University II side skippered by Abdul Zaphar who opened the bowling for his team. After his brave batting in the first game, Bunks junior took a ‘rest’ and Will Greig was joined by Matt Parker to launch the BCC batting effort.
Seventeen-year-old Parker fell for eight which brought the skipper to join Greigy who went on to thump a terrific unbeaten 25 before retiring. Will Birley (1), Tom Gardner (1) and Dave Bunker (0) all fell in quick succession which brought Greig back to join Bunker. The pair saw the innings out with the final score being 89-5 with Greig unbeaten on 29 and Bunks junior getting 24 not out – giving the skipper a tally of 64 runs on the night without losing his wicket.
The University reply was hit by a stunning opening over from Will Greig that saw him leave the students two wickets down for one run! Batters three and four picked up the pace and ultimately the University team won BUT only after they had to dig mighty deep with Parker bowling a magnificent 10th over that saw him send down four dot balls and take a wicket – conceding just two from a wide delivery! With the last pair at the wicket the BCC six did ‘think’ they had removed one of the batters but a ‘snick’ behind was adjudged as not being ball and, with just two deliveries of a thrilling contest remaining, Abdul and the students won the game.
Will Greig (2-18) from three overs, took the bowling honours. The other figures were; Matt Parker (1-12 from 2.4 overs); Thom Bunker (0-15 from 2), Tom Gardner (0-12 from 1) and Will Birley (0-30 from 3).