Home again – we welcomed Puttenham and Wanborough to the green. The sun was out, some rain in the air, pitch looked good (thanks Craig), BBQ planned. All was set for a good day!
Initial highlights – Callum was early for him, important discussion over nicknames to complete the list (Callum and James proving difficult). Interesting explanation to Lou’s kids of why Horse is so called.
To much surprise, we were ready to start on time. Some key questions to answer: would Boris bowl (skipper thought not), would we break the supporters record (good chance with the lure of a sausage)? would Ducky G score a run (50:50).
Supporters: Lou + Alice and Harrison, Lou’s friend + 2, Ferguson family (4), Shaggy, Doug and Brett (but not at the same time😱), Sarah + 2, Bob (of course – bring on the election chat), sarah Maskell, Rachel + 4, Mike, friends of Rachel (2), Ann. That’s 25 a new record (the sausage worked its magic).
The game – lost the toss and batted first. Slow sticky wicket, inevitable given the rain.
Steady start, Gordon scored a run, much celebration. Ben and Darren dug in. Darren muscled his way to an excellent 50 including a near decapitation of Ben. Ben got another 50. 167 scored, only 50 scored in last 10 overs, felt 20 to 30 short.
Tea was delicious. Managed more fruit than normal. Horse managed to boil the instructions to the new urn. Tidy!
We had a chance. Difficult pitch to get wickets on, the rain made it too slow. Nothing early on, skipper made an early bowling change then a couple of wickets one regulation and one an outstanding catch. Will’s the pick (CHAMPAGNE MOMENT).
Their opening bat was good (first team skipper recovering from injury), he kept ticking along. Score went to over 100 for 2 and we were struggling. The suddenly three quick wickets and game on, including a hat trick ball for Ben. Harry bowled brilliantly in the middle of the innings. Ally took a great catch, Darren let one hit his chest, Gordon was blinded by the sun. 18 wanted from 18 or so, but the opener was still there (92 not out at the end). A 6, a 4 and they were there. We did post 5 slips for the last ball!
Post match – children playing, food on the BBQ, drinks going down, lots of chat, sun going slowly behind the yard arm, opposition chatting / drinking / eating. What was not to love!
Next stop – boot fair, three legged race, memorial game and quiz.