Abandoned after 43 overs
Newly promoted Purbrook CC were the opposition in the first match of the 2006 season and the ground and square looked good after the annual takeover from the Football club. The start was delayed due to the wet weather although the club's cricket covers protected the pitch the outfield was fairly damp and efforts were made to clear away some of the dampness with the club's waterhog. The match got underway and skipper Adie Hunt won the toss and invited Purbrook to bat.
Experienced Trevor Phillips ( 12 overs 3 maidens 0 for 47) and Under 17 Lloyd Scott ( 9 overs 1 maiden 2 for 50) opened the bowling steadily but the first wicket did not fall until the introduction of Christian Pain (11 overs 1 maiden 2 for 30) with the score on 47. The dangerous Will Prozesky (48) was dismissed at 72 well caught behind by stand-in keeper Adie Hunt off the bowling of Pain. A stand of 106 then developed before this was broken at 178 by Adam Darbyshire (9 overs 0 maidens 1 for 61 runs). At 43 overs the drizzle became worse and the umpires took the teams off for an early tea and then abandoned the match when the drizzle did not abate.