Ealing: 248 for 8 (50.0 overs)
T Plant 108 (149)
A Godsal 44 (34)
Richmond: 187 all out (43.2 overs)
K Martin 10-4-23-4
C Glasper 7.2-1-26-3
The first league game of the season saw the 1st team travel to Richmond in what promised to be a tough start.
After winning the toss and electing bat, Ealing made the worst possible start by losing opener Tom Morton for 0 in the second over. New overseas Tom Plant joined Ahmed Elech at the crease and the pair looked to get through the new ball against two impressive opening bowlers. Batting was looking tough on a slow pitch and the score had moved on to 21 after 9 overs when Elech mistimed a pull shot and was caught at square leg. Robbie White joined Plant and the rebuilding job was on, the pair put on 47 for the 3rd wicket, with Plant the main contributor as White was caught behind for 12. Plant continued to make batting look effortless and Chris Wakefield added 18 in a partnership of 51 as Ealing moved on to 119-4 after 32. Chris Glasper was sent up the order to try and add some much need impetus and a quick fire 18 off 8 balls certainly did this. However, this was quickly negated by two quick wickets as Ealing were 145-6 after 35 overs. With Tom Plant still at the crease and past 50 a competitive score was still very much a possibility. Arthur Godsal came in at 8 and he and Plant batted beautifully together putting on 74 for the 7th wicket in only 10 overs. Godsal departed for a well made 44 off 34 balls, which included 6 boundaries. This didn't stop Plant as he continued to look untroubled while edging closer to back to back hundreds and the landmark was duly reached with a cut through the offside. Tom eventually went for a magnificent 108, a fantastic innings that put Ealing very much in the drivers seat as we finished on 248-8 after the 50 overs. A total we were extremely happy with as we felt 220 was probably about par.
Richmond began their chase facing the young opening pairing of Mungo Russell and Arthur Godsal, and began well. Before Russell (2-43) picked up a couple of early scalps. The game was in the balance after 15 overs as Richmond had moved on to 77-2 before Chris Glasper took the key wicket of Adam London, caught diving at slip by Kristian Martin. Martin then brought himself onto bowl and removed the Richmond captain and Greg King, who had got himself to a well made 51, via spectacular catch at slip by Scott Ensom. Glasper (3-26) and Martin (4-23) continued to bowl well in a partnership and pick up regular wickets and with the help of Ensom (1-27), Richmond were reduced to 107-9 and Ealing were on the brink of the win. However, the final pairing had other ideas putting on an impressive 80 for the final wicket before Glasper came back to finish the job and Ealing got the 10 points.
A superb all round team performance and a great way to begin the season.
Man of the Match: Unsurprisingly Tom Plant for his magnificent 108.