IT was more a case of new boys than old boys for Old Boys on Saturday, but they got the job done against Bective-East.
After batting first at Dick Edwards Oval and making 8-183 from their 40 overs Old Boys dismissed Bective for 142 with seven overs to go for what was an “excellent” win, skipper Ben Middlebrook said.
It was a good team effort with different players contributing with the bat and the ball, some of whom were playing their first game for the club.
“We had five guys on debut,” Middlebrook said.
He said everyone chipped in with the bat and with the ball everyone did well.
“Matt Hughes was good behind the stumps and Toby (Fox) was good at the end,” he said.
Fox will be on a hat-trick next game after picking up the last two wickets of Bective’s innings.
He had Greg Tighe caught by Corey Sommers and next ball bowled Caleb Doyle.
“Will (Howard) was (also) excellent with the new ball,” Middlebrook said.
He took 1-13 and probably could have had a couple more.
They didn’t have a great start with the bat losing new recruit Adam Lole with just eight on the board.
But Chaise Crought and Hughes steadied the ship putting on 45 for the second wicket.
“Chaise just smoked it,” Middlebrook said.
“He really gave us the momentum early on to get 180.”
He smacked 37 off just 19 balls before coming unstuck trying to loft Doyle with Bective keeper Matt Everrett running back and taking a great catch on one knee.
Middlebrook (15) and Dave Heyman (26) then added 31, before Bon Winsor (20) and Sommers (40) put on 48 for the sixth wicket.
Bective similarly lost an opener early but were there abouts for most of the innings.
What undid them was some poor shot selections, captain Nick Pearson said.
“Myself and Matt (Everett) definitely threw our wickets away,” Pearson said.
“We both should have made big scores.”
He made 21 and Everett 29.
Adam Jones top-scored with 35 and his dismissal was when Middlebrook felt the innings really turned in their favour.
“We got him about 120 and they collapsed to be all out for 140,” he said.
Pearson was pretty happy with the bowling effort.
“The fielding was a bit lacklustre,” he said.
They also had a couple of debutants and Pearson was impressed with 14-year old Lachie Davidson.