The first glimpse of national round action saw the competition step up a level in terms of distance travelled. Luckily it also brought with it some fantastic performances. On a weekend that produced some fine individual performances with the bat, the recipient of the GM Performance of the Round is actually a bowler – let nobody tell you it is a batsman’s game.
Before we get to that, we will take a quick look at some of the other standout performances from the round. Sessay continued their impressive NVC form remaining unbeaten since their exit from the 2015 competition. They overcame East Ardsley, Joe Watson’s 127 not out being the foundation for a hefty first-innings total of 262.
Brendon McKay joined the weekend 100 club with a ton in the win for Scrabble-player’s friend Ynystawe CC in a great win away at North Perrott. Brendon’s 101 coming off 116 balls with 14 boundaries.
Back up in the East Midlands, Fillongley’s 275 proved to be too many for South Wingfield as they lost by 118 runs, Ahsan Sayed scoring 128 for the hosts.
Lots of fine performances, I am sure you will agree. However with so much debate post-Champions Trophy as to whether something needs to be done to help out the bowlers, a bastion of leather slinging hope appeared in the south-east of the country. With Mayfield batting first and posting a solid 177 off their 40 overs, it had the potential to be a close-run affair. Taking 5 for 26, Jack Skinner first broke Rowledge’s opening partnership and then accounted for numbers 4, 5, 6 and 7 (for 5 runs between them). This middle-order collapse turned out to be crucial and Rowledge were bowled out for 70 as Mayfield progressed to the next round.
As winner of the performance of the round Jack receives a specially engraved Gunn & Moore cricket bat customised to show his performance. Additionally, all the round winners will be invited to our factory in Nottingham, when not only will they see for themselves the GM bat making process, but also the 2017 Performance of the Season will be named with the winner receiving a Gunn & Moore kitbag, including bat, pads, gloves and helmet.