As with so often this season we have blown hot and cold. With some notable absences the mighty house fielded another two debut ants on a baking hot day. Due to having our usual top order away we decided to do what we know usually works well for us and put Beaminster in to bat. We started well with Max and Shan opening. We bowled too many wides from the off - a trend that has worryingly continued for much of the season - but the good balls were good and nearly produced a wicket at the end of Max's first spell. However, the missed chance cost us massively. Not all chances were missed though - a sharp run out by Tobin, the first of our debutants - gave us the initial breakthrough. Chris followed on from Max up the hill and his first ball was well caught behind by Tom Copp who has an excellent day all round. Tobin then followed on from Shan down the hill and kept things tight - an excellent spell. It was by this point that their batsmen were starting to get settled so i brought myself on to try to break the partnership. A few overs before drinks were tight but fruitless. Straight after drinks another chance went begging, a skier to cover that would have been taken were it not for the sun getting in the fielder's eyes. Alas, that set the tone for the 2nd half of their innings. Too many chances missed, coupled with the alarming number of wides. Our next debutant of the day, Adam, bowled really well but the Beaminster batsmen were still accumulating. Adam did get a breakthrough but in the heat, with the sun sapping the fielders' energy the score was mounting. Tobin and Max looked to finish things off, Max eventually getting a well deserved wicket, but after 40 overs and as many extras we were chasing 262 to win. Being that much of our usual top order was absent i decided to gift myself the d!ck of the day award by opening alongside Alfie. Alfie looked to the manor born and I did not embarrass myself as much as expected, keeping out a few of their openers' better balls - some more luck than judgement - but it was Alfie who got the scoreboard moving. Once i was dismissed Joe went in and as usual looked good with the bat, however, he was undone by a ball swinging back into him and rocking back off stump. That brought Max to the crease at 4. The two youngsters started to prove that the future is bright for the club! They were supreme. Unfortunately Alfie could not push on as he has done so often. He knicked off just as he had done all the hard work getting himself in. Chris was next in. What proceeded was a fine display by both him and Max. The ball finding the boundary with frightening frequency. We were still in the game with more batting to come as well. However, the drinks break brought about the demise of Chris, getting bowled by a beauty. But not before he has smashed, guided and sprinted his way to his (surprisingly) first 1st XI 50+ score for the House. In went Tom C. It was at this point that i started to feel sorry for Max. Tom was playing his Kane Williamson-esque dab shot to virtually every ball that he wasn't guiding to the boundary through point and cover - this meant that Max was having to show his fitness with one's and two almost every ball. No mean feat on a day as hot as that. Nevertheless, Max still had the wherewithal to smite boundaries of his own and keep the scoreboard moving at every opportunity. The three of them, Chris, Max and Tom did their utmost, all reaching their 50s, Max top scoring with 69 (apparently his first ever, though i struggle to believe that based on the evidence we all saw on Sat!). Well played! But i'm afraid that without the fielding restrictions in place this season it was all too easy for Beaminster to put everyone on the boundary and thus dry up the boundaries we needed. When Max and Tom eventually fell, it was too much of an ask for the rest of the batters, the run rate was up at 10s and no real opportunities to reach the ropes culminated in quick wickets. Compton ended on 233 ao despite Tobin's efforts at the end (from number 11) to try to drag is closer to the target. Men of the match are Chris, Max and Tom. I cannot express how good each of those innings' were and how well they performed in the field too. Other notables were Tobin, Adam and Shan for their bowling efforts. D!ck of the day goes to me for losing to the bottom placed team and opening myself in Harp's stead. This result put pressure on us for the rest of the season, but i do not doubt that we can overcome this hurdle. Well played gents. On wards to Hamworty next week.