Watsonian started with quick bowlers. 2 catchers were behind the bat as the new ball dictated plenty of bounce and carry. The keeper had no thoughts of standing up:
The bowlers looked to keep it slightly back of a length and - other than a few over pitched balls - Watsonian kept control early on. That meant the field was relatively unchanged with a couple of small variations:
2nd Slip went to gully
Midwicket made it 2 slips and a gully when a wicket fell, with fine leg moving round almost at backward square leg.
The fielders were energetic, with plenty of vocal support for each other. Standards were generally high. Notably:
At least 2 close catchers were kept in throughout the restrictions, with 3 for a couple of overs after the first wicket fell.
Towards the end of the field restrictions it was clear the bowlers were feeling the frustration of bowling well without getting wickets. Wright kept the team focused with a call of “Patience” from his position at slip. It reflected his previously stated aim of being the calming factor in a side of young, keen and occasionally excitable cricketers.
To give you a feel for the day, the standard and the opening overs, here’s a short video of the opening bowlers:
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