We’re off to Badshot Lea. Full team this week including the return of Ben Green (Pro). Lovely to see him back as well as Mrs Green and children.
Cold and wet all morning. Turned phone on to see 42 messages on WhatsApp. Disappointing number of people seemed less than keen to play. The start is delayed meaning I have a chance to arrive before the start. Lovely drive to the ground and nice chat with Mrs Green on the way in (she is off to the car for more clothing, blankets, heaters etc – it is cold).
Win the toss (I think) and field. Gout was first recognised in 2640BC by the Egyptians and is associated with rich food and excessive alcohol consumption. Will opens the bowling with James trundling the other end. The Skipper keeps wicket and we applaud when he takes one cleanly (in over 6).
The run-out. Opener pushes the ball to mid-wicket, Harry moves swiftly to his left, picks up left- handed (he is left-handed) and with one stump to aim at, scores a direct hit. Even better, the stumps have lights in and light up. V cool.
Wickets fall. Good catches from Ross and Ben Greene (the other one). I take a stunning one handed one high to my right. One of their batsmen comes out with sunglasses on his hat. A little odd and even better when the umpire tried to put them on him. Ben Green(e) and JT take over the bowling and we get them out for 104. Four wickets for Will, 3 for JT and 1 each for James and Ben.
Tea was excellent. Mr and Mrs F arrive as does Ally. Thank you!
Skipper and Pro open. Fast start and 50 is on the board before the skipper is bowled. Gordon gives the Pro out LBW (must have been plumb) and we make 105 for 2 in 20 overs. A good win and another match played in a good spirit.
Home next week – yes! Hopefully the sun will be out, and a few post-match beers can be had before it sets.