Frome 2s bounced back from a tough run of results on Saturday with a commanding win over Bridgwater. After 3 defeats on the spin, a strong showing with the ball was followed by a dominant display with the bat – collecting a much needed 35 points to keep the Showmen well and truly in the hunt for promotion.
On a cloudy and humid afternoon Frome won the toss and invited the visitors to bat first. Knight (2-17) immediately got in on the act, castling Eckley and Hayward early to leaveBridgwater struggling at 24-2 - however the visitors remained positive with some assertive strokes from Netto in particular pushing the score on.
Frome kept striving for wickets and the big breakthrough eventually came as Arthur Harman enticed Netto (33) to edge to slip. Cox bowled Robinson shortly after, however the visitors maintained their attacking intent with some powerful strokes boosting them to 115-4 as drinks approached.
Needing further inspiration Arthur Harman duly delivered again, grabbing a sharp caught and bowled chance from the dangerous Gilbert (27) just before the break. With an end now open the Showmen seized the initiative – Asim (3-19) returning for a terrific 2nd spell to burst through the lower order. Wheeler (2-19) also chipped in to help wrap up the innings for a below par 132 all out in only 26 overs.
With 15 overs possible before tea the players went straight back out and Leonard got Frome off to a flyer – some brutal striking taking 17 off the first over. A fine diving catch at cover saw him depart with the score at 22, however Potter and Gullock combined effectively to keep the scoreboard ticking over – pouncing on anything off line and pushing the fielders hard to take the Showmen into tea at 69-1.
After a fine spread, play resumed just after 5pm. With the foundations laid and the back of the chase broken the pair continued to make hay and cashed in – Gullock in particular unfurling some delightful stroke-play in a classy unbeaten 70. Potter (39*) also managed to open his shoulders (relatively speaking) towards the end – an unbroken stand of 113 seeing the Showmen across the line for an excellent win with over 20 overs to spare.
After a disappointing few weeks this was an impressive show of character from the Showmen, with high standards in pretty much every department getting the promotion push back on track and consolidating their position in 3rd place. A much improved display with the bat should boost confidence and the presence of mind for the bowlers to hold their nerve in the face of a climbing run-rate and stick to their guns to take wickets was great to see.
Four more weeks of hard work to go, starting with a tough trip to Purnell next week!