Clayesmore Cormorants 220 ( C D P Carr-Smith 3-30) ; Pilgrims 224-1 (F E Taylor 130*, J I McKillop 60*) . Won by 9 wickets.

Having played so poorly against the Bryanston Butterflies the previous day, we arrived at the Upper on a lovely summer’s day with a determination to perform well and win. We lost the toss and the opposition, sensibly on what looked to be a true road, elected to bat. Both the intensity in the field and the accuracy of our bowling was outstanding from the off. Andrew Nurton bowled with great control and consistency and he was well supported by Charlie Carr-Smith (3-30) who bowled with real pace and aggression. The openers were well supported by some tight overs in the middle of the innings from Fergus Taylor (1-27 ) and Will Smibert who picked up 2 wickets, his first for the Pilgrims. Claysmore had some decent batsmen and they clearly fought very hard but, such was the quality of our bowling and fielding that we managed to restrict them to a below par total of 220 all out.

We were able to transfer the high standards we set in the field to our batting performance, executing a particularly clinical chase. Following the early departure of Elliot Whiting, Fergus Taylor played very aggressively smashing 130 not out from 65 balls and was well supported by a watchful 60 not out from Jimmy McKillop. Chasing their total in 24.4 overs with the loss of 1 wicket represented what was an excellent performance and victory for us, especially in the context of the abject display witnessed the previous day.