The epitome of British summer hit the Muskets this Sunday (July 1st), after a week of sun and heat more akin to the Med than the South West, game day saw the heavens open and thunder rumble. While the weather cancelled games across the SWBL the Muskets hosted the Bats at Canonsgrove and managed to get the game started, although the home side may have preferred the rain to have started earlier. An emphatic hitting performance from the Bristol outfit put the Muskets to the sword and continued the Muskets dire recent record, falling to 4-3 for the season having been 4-0 at the start of June. There were some positives for the Muskets, Andres delivered another good performance on the mound, while defensive plays from Scott, Alistair and Leroy in the field kept the Muskets in the first few innings. Meanwhile the hosts showed some glimpses of the side that ran out comfortable winners in the reverse fixture on opening day. Alan Trunks dominated at the plate with two hits, a walk and 3 r.b.is, while there were hits from Jamie, Kevin, Andres, Jake, Leroy and Alan Herbert and a couple of walks for Rob meant the Muskets stayed in touch, at least in the beginning.
Alas the combination of rain delays and an all round good performance from their opponents saw the Muskets fall to their third successive defeat and fall level with the Bats at the top of the Northern Conference table. It was a heavy 29-6 defeat, however the Muskets will look to bounce back from a run of tough fixtures and hope their fortunes will turn in their upcoming away fixture against the Weston Jets. With the Bats now having moving to an identical record, every run and every win is vital for the Muskets to ensure they head to their first championship game in two years.