IT’S been a time of records for Cae Glas in recent weeks.
On Saturday – as part of their 159-run victory at Grinshill team Acton Reynald – it wasn’t quite a new landmark, but the total of 260-6 was the second-highest total in the 1st XI’s league history.
Electing to bat on a hard track on a sunny day, the tone was set with 17 off the opening over.
The ball was to cross the boundary line 37 times during the innings – two of them maximums – as the visitors set their most imposing total for many seasons.
Leading the way was opener Nick Underhill with an excellent 62, and he and Andy Griffiths (35) put on a quickfire 113 for the first wicket in under 20 overs.
Graham Ellis, with 49, was next up with a stirring 49 as he and Underhill added 52, and Gaz Edgerton carried on the good work at number five with 30 in a stand of 62.
Yet top score for the innings was Mr Extras with 64, as the three bowlers used from the pavilion end leaked 151 runs without any reward.
For Reynald, Kev Harrison bowled steadily for 3-49 off his 18 overs, and far-end replacement Dave Galbraith claimed 3-14 off four.
John Clarke (2-29) made two early inroads after tea by clean-bowling both openers with just three on the board, but then Ray Collins and Mike Bates – both dropped early in their innings – repaired the damage with hard-hit knocks of 36 and 35.
Bates fell to a blistering close-range catch by Ellis, and Collins was one of two nicely-judged catches on the long-on boundary by Keith Yapp, both off Nick Broadbent (2-35).
And Edgerton did the rest of the damage with 3-16 to polish off Reynald for 101 in the 24th over.
The Glas claimed 23 points from the match to Reynald’s four.