Traditionally starting about as quickly Lee Billet’s Rascal van, Cannings recorded a rare opening day win on Saturday to end the first weekend on top of Division 4.
Ramsbury’s captain made himself the least popular man in the away dressing room, winning the toss during an unexpected window of sunshine and choosing to hand Cannings the good weather to field in. Hugo Saye shared the new ball with Ryan Simons, returning to ACCC following his inexplicable decision to spend last season at Potterne, but both were frustrated by some stubborn batting and missed opportunities.
In the seventh over, Saye made a breakthrough and followed it up with a second in the 17th. When Graham Mansell and Garreth Robb took one more each, the Ramsbury batting order opened up nicely and Matt Tilley and Jake Rogers swept up, both finishing with figures of 3-7 from four overs.
The temperature plummeted and Cannings set about chasing their 100 run target under grey skies with a miserable drizzle. Tilley never settled and fell for four in just the second over, bringing Steve Parker to the crease. Immediately, the field spread, Ramsbury clearly still scarred by the savagery of his’s century against them last season.
They needn’t have worried- a good length delivery kicked up off the pitch and caught him unprepared, causing him to edge to slip having scored just four. It was Parker’s only appearance of the season before disappearing completely beneath the thumb of his girlfriend and shipping off to New Zealand, and last summer’s skipper and top scorer will be missed.
With Cannings on 16-2, Robb arrived and formed a steadying partnership with Richard Mansell. There will be far more exciting run chases but ACCC ground their way forward, losing three more wickets on their way to 96-5. With 44 to his name, Robb then dispatched the ball over the long on boundary to both win the match and bring up his half century in style.
Next up, Cannings face Spye Park in another home game, starting at 1pm on the 7th. Come along and give your support!