Pilgrims 269-9 (F.E.Taylor 87, C.Carline 54);Bryanston Butterflies 255-8 (F.E.Taylor 2-36, C.Taylor 2-41). Won by 14 runs.

Following our first defeat of the Week to the MCC the previous day, we arrived at the Upper determined to put in a good performance and get back to winning ways against the Bryanston Butterflies. Fergus Taylor, seemingly to have turned a corner with his historic tossing issues, won the toss again and, just as with the previous day, elected to bat. We were back on Monday’s wicket, which we knew to be very flat, and thus our opening pair, Elliot Whiting and Ed Pyman, entered the fray knowing that it was essential for us to accumulate a strong total. However, things did not get off to a good start with the familiar sight of Whiting getting cleaned up for four in the sixth over. Happily, his opening partner’s fortunes faired better than his own with Pyman batting cautiously and anchoring the innings. This allowed Charlie Carline at the other end, batting at three and picking up where he left off against Sherborne Town CC, to play aggressively as he smashed his way to a fine 54 off 49 balls. He fell in the eighteenth over to a decent delivery from Turrill to leave us having established a strong base of 106-2 from. Fergus Taylor came in at four and, just as with Carline, played very aggressively reaching his 50 in 32 balls. Despite wickets falling at regular intervals around him, we continued at a good rate with Taylor accumulating a further 37 runs, falling for 87. We finished with a very competitive 269-9 from our 40 overs.

Having chased down 284 ourselves in forty overs on this same wicket two days previously, we knew that we would still have to apply ourselves well both with the ball and in the field in order to win the game. Andrew Nurton (0-36) and Alastair Pusinelli (2-59) opened up well, bowling with good control, with the latter being rewarded for his endeavours by picking up a wicket in the seventh over to leave Bryanston 17-1. Yet, following this early wicket, the Butterflies fought back well scoring at a decent rate to reach 57-1 from twelve. The following over, the Pilgrims once again took the game by the scruff of the neck with Fergus Taylor, (2-36) taking two wickets in his second over to leave the Butterflies 57-3. Despite the fact that we continued to take regular wickets – Charlie Taylor (2-41) picking up two himself and Carline (1-52) and Franke (1-26) picking up one a piece – Bryanston managed, to a large degree, to keep up with the run rate late into their innnings. However, Nurton and Pusinelli, returning to bowl at the death, were able to hold their nerve and keep Bryanston’s total to 255- 8 off their forty overs and, thus, the Pilgrims got back to winning ways with a well-deserved 14 run victory in what was a good team performance with both bat and ball.