This year the club visited Cardiff on their annual cricket tour. With a touring party of 30 people including 22 players the Nest were keen to get underway with a win. The first game was against Easton Cowboys CC on Saturday 2nd June. After winning the toss Captain Ben Neale elected to bat first on what looked like a great wicket. After the early loss of Rich Stacey, fellow opener Ed Carr was joined at the crease by Chris Miller who in a rich vain of form and took the Easton attack to pieces. Ed departed for 18 as Chris and James Palmer seeked to keep the innings going. Chris finished with a excellent 46 and James got 43 not out as he seeks to cement his place in the top 5. The Nest finished on 165 for 6. Despite a spirited effort the Easton batsmen never threatened as they were dismissed for 116. With excellent bowling from B.Neale 3 for 21, T.Murray and J.Neale both 2 for 7, also a special mention to Jack Cleaver who bowled well to take his first nest wicket with figures of 1 for 10.
Unfortunately Sunday’s game against Radyrr CC was a washout and the players had to settle for indoor cricket and a karaoke session with windy Miller leading the way!
The final game of the tour saw the Nest return to Newton Tracey CC who were keen to get revenge from a defeat last year and put out a strong team. Good bowling from the Newton put the Nest under pressure, but as time went on batting became easier and the returning Ian Gray scored a majestic 46 and was well supported by opener Tim Neale (42). The standout performance of the tour goes to Edmund Hulme who scored a brilliant 102 NO including 12 fours and 2 sixes giving the Nest an impressive total of 214 for 4 off 40 overs. The opposition were positive having chased over 300 a few weeks ago but were soon pegged back by Ben Neale with four wickets(8-0-11-4) and three wicket for the tweaker Tony Skeet (6-0-15-3). This helped bowl Newton out for 96 and leave the nest with a 100% record on tour. Thanks to scorer Pam sharpe and bus drivers Pete Wilson and Mike Burns. Special thanks must go Brian Hulme for organising a seamless tour again and the team are looking forward to Weymouth next year!