Our 2010 campaign got off to a cracking start, on a good batting track with a fast outfield we managed to post an extremely competitive total of 283 for 2. The only batsman (if I can call myself that) to miss out was me, having played all around a straight one in the 2nd over for just 4 runs. Robbo started his 2010 season with an unbeaten 148, and was supported by young Max Danby who looked set to convert his maiden senior half century in to a maiden century, but fell just 20 runs short. Having shared a partnership of 157 with Robbo, Max departed and Dave Newby joined Robbo to see the overs out, Dave scoring 40* off just 32 balls which carried the momentum on in our favour. Having dominated the field for over 2 hours with the bat, it was time for our bowlers to step up and defend our total.The opening bats for Thoresby had other ideas, with M Cheshire scoring one of the fastest centuries I have ever seen. However, it has to be said he was encouraged to score runs quickly by poor bowling. Our openers Collington & Laughton were bowling too short which against class like Cheshire is only going to be punished. Cheshire scored his first fifty off just 19 scoring shots, and his second fifty off just 18 scoring shots. He was just given too much room, and was never made to work too hard for his runs. Beecroft came on in the 7th over and steadied the ship a little, but it was Ali Hall that finally broke the partnership of Cheshire & Birkett who had put on 118. Ali was the first bowler who consistently kept the ball up to the batsmen, and was rewarded accordingly in the 17th over with the wicket of Birkett. Phil Z then picked off the no.3 & no.4 bats with a fine 8 over spell, and in the process showed why he was the leading wicket taker in 2009. Jim Kirkham was the next bowler to be given an opportunity to impress, unfortunately his 2 overs went for 19 so I was forced to bring myself on. Having bowled a mixed 1st over the 2nd over of my spell was key, a wicket maiden. Vitally that wicket being M Cheshire for 140, the door to the tail had been opened and in stepped Mr Neil Davey, 5 overs 2 Mdns 5 for 10 runs!! He pitched the ball up, made the batsmen work and was rewarded with 5 wickets. Captain Calamity has to go to my VC, Jimmy (I never drop a catch) Kirkham. Who in the space of 5 minutes managed to drop sitters off both openers. Never mind Jimmy there is always next week mate. Man of the match was thankfully not an easy decision, obvious contenders were Max with his 80 and Neil Davey with a fine 5 for. However to come in on the first game of the season and bat through the match to finish on 148*, it has to be Robbo. Well Done lads.