Bath cricket captain Robin Lett: Weather worked in our favour
1st XI skipper Robin Lett looks back on a wet but worthwhile afternoon...
What a difference a week makes. I was left cursing the weather after our abandoned game with Corsham on June 16 but was grateful for its intervention last weekend.
It's funny how slices of bad luck here and there always even themselves out over the course of the cricket season, however, and as we completed victory over new boys Gloucester City Winget on Saturday, Bridgwater were watching the rain fall in Bristol.
Their game was called off at the halfway point, meaning our clinical, maximum-points victory has left us just 19 points behind the leaders. Bridgwater also visit North Parade on July 7 and we are suddenly full of optimism again.
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The 3rd and 4th teams once again lost their battle with the elements, a fate that would have claimed the 2nd team's fixture against Warminster at North Parade had it not been for a moment of brilliant tactical awareness from stand-in captain Mike Smyth.
Having raced to 263-5 from just 31 overs, Smyth – who had already blazed a century himself – declared in order to give his side an outside chance of bowling the opposition out. He was made to look like a genius when the final wicket was taken in the pouring rain.
By the time the 1st XI got back to North Parade, the outfield looked like a lake and without Smythy's quick thinking the game surely would have been lost to the deluge. It is also worth mentioning that 15-year-old Max O'Leary weighed in with remarkable figures of 5-2-6-5. He's a star of the future, I'm sure.
On Wednesday, we will be hosting our charity game against the Bath Rugby legends at North Parade.
Last year's was a fantastic event and we raised a lot of money in the evening sunshine, so hopefully this year will be no different.
Stephen Donald, Michael Claassens and Dan Hipkiss are expected to be in the Bath line-up, so please come down next Wednesday. The game will start at 5.30pm but there will be entertainment, food and drink on offer well before that.
The nominated charities are the Bath Rugby Foundation and BBC Children in Need.