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Baildon CC Weekend Preview - 7th of May

This week's guest previewer is our resident rambling and crumble expert, Jamie Abbott! (rumour has it he once took a few wickets)

"I told Darren we should have put everyone on the boundary edge..."

I’ve delayed my trip to the Lakes to compose this content. True dedication and would like it noting when deciding Club-person of the Year! 😉

Anyway, the 1st team make the long trip to Wrenthorpe who’ve had a difficult start to the season. Losing all 3 matches plus the surprise concession of the Gordon Rigg Priestley Cup tie to us last Sunday. It seems a long time ago now that they were splashing the cash and having people like Gary Fellows and Craig White playing for them. Speaking of White, I seem to remember Mushy bowling him 1st ball in a final although they did ultimately win. Another memory of Wrenthorpe is playing there in another Heavy Woollen Cup tie when we were piling on a huge score only for the heavens to open and force the game to be decided by a bowl out. I was feeling pretty confident as I’m generally wicket to wicket but ironically my delivery pitched on middle and turned to miss the off stump! 😀

The 2nd team host Great Preston, needing to dig deep, work hard and find some form. I don’t have particularly fond memories of them. A few years back, fielding at extra cover off Danny Hunt, the batter sliced it in the air in my direction but I somehow contrived to drop the catch; breaking my finger quite badly in the process. I ended up having to go to Pontefract and Pinderfields hospital with the day continuing badly as I was then a passenger to Toddy driving my automatic car home erratically and then locked myself out!

The 3rd team host Roundhay C.C. who I’m told are a team reincarnated from a previous Club (Bradford Moor). I hope Sam Holmes continues his fine form, good to see him achieving his potential and maintaining the strong Abbott/Chester family tradition at Baildon. The third team play at our second ground at Sandal Primary School where we have recently improved the water management system to allow us to capture and re-use more rainwater, see the link below for more details

The 4th team visit Cookridge which should be a good contest. Not sure whether Will Baker (16) is playing (Editor's note - he's in the 3rd XI Jamie!) but he’s undoubtedly a player that will progress quickly through the teams if he maintains his current progress. Evidence to support this came only last night for the U18s in their comfortable win at Horsforth. He opened the bowling with 4 overs 1 for 5 then scored an unbeaten 50 in the successful chase.

Good luck to all our teams and hopefully my frozen shoulder will thaw sufficiently soon for me to make a more meaningful contribution on the field!

Jamie Abbott

Secretary and occasional player

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