Despite it being a sunny day at Privett Park, Compton IV’s skipper Phil Wilson opted to bowl first in the friendly against Gosport Borough. The friendly saw club debuts given to Gaz Smith and Nathan Pearce, as Phil named 4 changes from the side which beat Burghclere.
The new look opening bowling partnership, James Hake and Josh Poulter, were expensive to begin with as opener Vanswaick got off to a flying start. Josh looked a dangerous threat on a wicket that kept low, as he bowled out opener Curtis and number three batsman for little contribution. As runs flowed around the park, Josh continued to the end of his spell removing two more Gosport batsman in consecutive balls.
As Manny Dulay bowled out the number 6, Compton looked to be bowling Gosport out for a competitive total. However, a strong 6th wicket partnership between opener Vanswaick and S Price helped to guide Gosport to a big total. Phil and Nick Spearing combined to remove the dangerous Vanswaick for 89. Phil drew the batsman out of his ground and Nick quickly whipped off the bails. With the partnership broken, Phil removed Price after a good catch from debutant Gaz.
Looking to quickly wrap up the tail, Josh and Nathan returned to the attack. After a quick brace from numbers 8 and 9, Gosport raced past the 200 mark, before Nathan got his rewards for tidy bowling. He bowled two beautiful in-swingers to dismiss the lower order batsmen. When Phil caught the last man in-front of middle stump, Gosport were 241 all-out.
The Compton innings began poorly, as James was out for a duck, before Simon “whinge” Betteridge was out LBW first ball. Simon Copland was another victim of the low bounce as he was also bowled. A 50 run brace between Gaz and Steve Clarke spared Compton embarrassment. Clarkey was caught in the ring for 16, bringing Nick to the crease. Nick witnessed a collapse at the other end, as Gaz fell for 31, before Phil, Nathan and Josh all fell at the other end.
Looking to guide the team to 100 to spare some embarrassment, Nick and James Hake battled, before Nick was bowled for a very slow 8. An interesting last wicket partnership between James and Manny guided Compton to 111, before the Nelson struck and James was bowled for 10.
A disappointing result for the 4th XI, but not the end of the world seeing as the game was a friendly. The 4ths will be looking to set the record staight as they take on Whitchurch II at King George V.