On a sunny but windy day at Bashley, the Suttoners captain won the toss and elected to bowl on what looked to be a good batting wicket.
The Bashley openers got off to a good start, particularly Ryan Taylor who found the boundary regularly with some lusty blows before Jack Ransom played on. Harry Anstee then joined Ryan at the crease as the two ticked over the scoring against some tighter Suttoners bowling. The pair put on 100 runs before the second wicket fell in the 31st over to a spectacular one handed catch on the boundary from Frank Fitzjohn leaving Bashley at 125-2 (Ryan Taylor 62). With wickets in hand, Mike O’Sullivan (35) and Graham Pardey (28 not out) made quick runs allowing Harry Anstee to bat through for an unbeaten 94 as Bashley finished 249-4 from their 45 overs.
The Suttoners reply got off to a bad start with Matt Hollier pulling a calf muscle in the early overs and retiring hurt. The Bashley openers took regular wickets with positive bowling from James Edmunds (7 overs 2-19) and Sean Read (7 overs 2-30) preventing any batsman getting settled. A tight spell from Tom Saunders (5 overs 0-5) along with wickets from Toby Mills (10 overs 4-48) and Nick Clark (5 overs 2-20) wrapped up the innings with Suttoners all out for 125.
Another strong performance from a young Bashley side who face Portsmouth away next in an early season top of the table clash.