Carsons and Mangotsfield continue good start
THE good start to the season has continued for Carsons and Mangotsfield Cricket Club.
This hasn’t all been down to the pre-season fitness and high levels of attendance at training.
A few days before the league season started the club took ownership of covers for the wicket, thanks to the sponsorship of JD Carpentry, SVE Services, Pearce Bros Auto Rentals, First Friends, Obsidian Accountancy, and Lansdown Place Wealth Management.
In the first game played at home the second team were at a crucial point when rain came down and, by using the covers, they were able to save the game, which resulted in a home win.
The second week of the season, with the first team at home against St George Valley, saw a number of games called off but by protecting the wicket when the rain relented, and some quick maintenance, a 25-over game was started.
Carsons and Mangotsfield posted 158/9, with a number of useful contributions with the bat. However, the star man was 1st team captain Sam Brayley, who took three wickets in four balls and eventually got a fourth. This enabled the team to win by 50 runs.
The second team on the same day played away in appalling conditions at King George V Park, against Coalpit Heath.
The home side seemed particularly keen to play and, having lost the toss, were put in to bat. Quickly, thanks to the opening bowling of Ollie Catton and Michael Coles, Coalpit Heath were under a lot of pressure at 1-3, before Glyn Flinders finished with remarkable figures of 2-5, as they were bowled out for 47.
Carsons and Mangotsfield only lost one wicket in reaching their target, with club newcomer Tom Smurthwaite scoring 30 not out.
The Sunday team has also had a great start to the season, winning both league games so far. Their first game saw them win by four wickets against Backwell Flax Bourton, thanks to an unbeaten half century from Andy King.
In the most recent game, against Blagdon, the star performers were Sam Brayley and Ollie Catton, who both scored 50s. In Under-15 Ollie’s case, this was his maiden 50 in adult cricket.
Their efforts saw Carsons and Mangotsfield cruise to a comfortable away win.