After a year away we made a socially distanced return to the field at the North West 1 tournament. Our team was a mix of old hands and new faces and we got better as the day went on. We played six round robin games followed by a placing game to finish a long but enjoyable day in the sun.
Despite some encouraging batting displays some slightly shaky fielding meant that it was tough going early on. After a tough opening game against a strong Thunder line up we won a slug fest against the Stingers but two more losses followed, a heavy defeat against the Dales followed by a much closer game against the Seagulls.
The club captain now appeared on the scene and things soon started to look brighter. Coincidence? We put the Swingers to the sword in Game 5 and then in perhaps our best performance of the day came out on top with a tight 1 run win against a loaded Freeze team.
That win put us into a placing game, facing the Swingers again. Despite the absence of two of our most experienced players in James and Ed and also an improved Swingers performance we still had too much for them and chalked up a satisfying win to round off the day.
Female OBP leaders were Holly, Jackie and Erin with Steve, Oli and James bunched together at the top of the male rankings. Ed was the Home Run King with a pair, with Jackie and Melissa also each claiming a four bagger.
Everyone made a positive contribution to the team performance. To pick out just a few, Mel showed real promise at bat. Steve did a fine job as Captain and put in some strong pitching performances. James made some nice outfield plays with the highlight a catch em out, throw em out double play against Freeze, doubling the runner off second after taking the outfield catch. Courtney showed lots of promise and Erin got on base with great regularity.