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1's kick start season with victory against Wimborne

On yet another cold and damp Saturday Poole were asked to have first use of the strip away at Wimborne. And on yet another Saturday Poole managed to lose a wicket in the first over with Van Wyk not troubling the scorers. Stonier was quick to follow his native South African back to the pavilion and Poole were in trouble again at 3-2. Robinson then joined Alam at the crease and they both proceeded to play with the necessary care and attention against some decent Wimborne bowling. However, having seen off the openers, Alam hit a full toss from leg spinner Prince straight to the fielder and Poole were back in trouble at 42-3. Kear decided to go onto the attack from the word go and an excellent 50 partnership ensued. The partnership wasn’t without its flaws, with a couple of dropped chances and a missed run out opportunity, but this collaboration was just what Poole needed. Unfortunately both Kear (36) and Robinson’s (35) luck ran out and with the score on 107 Rushton joined Jackson in the middle. We then witnessed another enterprising affiliation, with some excellent running between the wickets. Rushton (12) departed having put on 39 valuable runs in quick time with Jackson (36 not out) and this helped push Poole’s final total up to an above par score of 178-7.

Kirk has been in outstanding form this year and he was full of confidence following Leicester’s FA cup the previous week. “Dunny” was simply unplayable and he beat the bat more times than I can remember. His final figures of 1-9 off 9 overs didn’t really do him justice but, along with a fast a bouncy spell from Robinson at the other end, this helped to set the tone for the rest of Wimborne’s innings. The “Big 4” of Wimborne’s top order all came and went with only Randall being able to apply himself. The damage was done at 17-3 by Kirk and Alam (2-12) but the game was up for Wimborne when Randall was out to a superb catch from Miller off the bowling of Wilson (4-18). Wimborne then limped along against some accurate Poole bowling supported by excellent fielding and some superb wicket keeping from Van Wyk. Wickets fell at regular intervals, (Wormington 1-19), and Wimborne’s innings eventually closed on 107-8 (45 overs).Poole had their first win of the season by 71 runs. In truth this was an excellent all round performance by Poole and one that will hopefully kick start our season.

Once again a huge thank you to James Robinson for spending a day with the camera taking these

Poole Town - 178/7 (45)

Jackson - 36*

Kear - 36

Robinson - 35

H Prince - 3/40

Wimborne & Colehill - 107/8 (45)

Butcher - 29

Randall - 21

Wilson - 4/18

Alam - 2/12

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