Tom Stayt: Building to best finish in decade
Tom Stayt is expecting a dramatic conclusion to the cricket season...
With our captain Robin Lett away on his honeymoon, the 1st XI travelled south to Ilminster for yet another vital game at the end of what has been an exciting and tense title tussle between Bath and Bridgwater.
Illminster had been hit by some dreadful weather during the week, so the ground was soaked and areas around the square too damp to start on.
With things so tight at the top of the table, we sat and waited, hoping that the ground might dry out enough for us to get a reduced-overs game in later in the afternoon.
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Right on cue, the rain came and put an end to our hopes of any cricket but Bridgwater only got slightly further in their game before it was abandoned, meaning both teams took away the same points and remain level at the top.
Despite the frustration for all involved, the weekend's rain makes for a thrilling last day of matches when vital bonus points might decide the champions.
There is also a battle at the bottom of the table, with Frocester – who we visit for our last game – fighting to survive, so they will be equally up for the contest.
Whatever the final standings on Saturday evening, I have never been part of such a close finish in ten seasons of playing in the West of England League and it is great fun!
The 2nd XI defied the rain and won an important game against Keynsham last weekend, which also takes their season into a decisive final game.
After a heavy rain shower, it was all hands to the pump at North Parade to mop up and get the ground fit to play on but the combined efforts of the 2nd XI and 1st XI players back from Illminster were rewarded.
Amazingly, like the 1st XI, Bath's 2nds are competing with Bridgwater for the title, a tribute to the strength of both clubs this year.
Last week also saw Bath's under-15s crowned as national champions, brushing aside Hambledon and Lindum on finals day at Kibworth.
I have no doubt that the number of under-15s players who have been in the 3rd, 2nd, and even one in the 1st XI this summer, has something to do with their success.
If these players keep enjoying their cricket and progressing their games in the men's sides, the future for Bath CC is bright.