|Fulmer||167 for 4 off 20 over|
|President’s XII||171 for 4 off 19.2 overs|
|Fulmer lost by six wickets|
The day dawned looking as damp as damp could be. But, ever optimistic, preparations started on the day at 10am with Peter, Sue Tansy and Fish beginning the catering duties.
Thankfully the wicket and square had been prepared and finished by Paul, Jules and a band of “willing” volunteers in the months, weeks and days running up to the 26th.
Lunch commenced with the usual Pimms reception and the meat and fish being provided by Peter and Kiki superbly elaborated by the efforts of Tansy, Sue and Ally creating a feast fit for a king (although neither Tony or James were around for the day). Amid all the catching up of friends (and opponents) not seen for 12 months there was much scanning of weather and radar sites to try and spot a brief period of respite so that some cricket could actually take place.
To introduce a competitive element to the very long lunch a game of dart cricket was initiated, but before it could come to its conclusion the long-awaited window of opportunity arrived at just gone 3pm. This was the cue for a deal of frantic activity both on the fled removing covers, then rolling and painting the wicket and crease, and off as the teams dashed to get changed and ready for the match. The format of which was decided as being 20/20.
Peter and Will went out for the toss, which Will won and, obviously, feeling he needed a target to chase rather than set opted to put Fulmer in. Keith and Fish were sent to try and get Fulmer off to as good a start as possible. Despite the wicket being a little bit on the lively side and the outfield desperately slow because of the rain, making runs hard to come by, the two put on 99 in 13 overs before retiring to ensure as many players got a game as possible, Keith on 39* and Fish on 37*.
There were brief cameos from Prash with 11, Junaid eight, Ben six, Jules nine and Peter five not out, all from very few balls faced but the main other contribution was from Saurabh with 39*. Paul, Armando and Nigel were not required to bat. All-in-all Fulmer were content with what appeared to be a very good score of 167 for 4 from their 20 overs.
Peter and Ben (not renowned for his defensive play) opened for the President’s XII (yes, they did have 12!) and set about the early bowling with gusto. Ben went to a good stumping by Ben (keeping for the first 10 overs, Fish did the second), but Laurence continued the good work with Peter.
Eventually Peter went for a classy 60 and Laurence for 55. Peter changed his bowlers around giving Paul, Jules, Suarabh, Junaid and himself a go and the scoring rate dropped and a tight finish was in order. The bowlers did their best and Jules was rewarded with three wickets and Peter the other.
With Tom being bowled for 16 runs, the President’s skipper, Will, came to the crease to try and get them over the finish line, which he duly did by hitting a four but only off the second ball of the very last over!
Senior Vice-President Edward had timed his arrival to perfection to see the start of the match and was still there at the end to see his side triumph again and managed to say a few words to the crowd and present Tansy, Sue and Ally with their flowers amid profuse thanks from all involved in the day for the magnificent catering.
No one that was there in the morning and most of the early afternoon would ever have believed that any cricket could be played at all, let alone a full 20/20 match, through much of that was played in light rain.
Amazingly, the rain abated again while Peter got the sausages and burgers cooked on the BBQ and no sooner had he finished and moved indoors then the heavens opened again. By then it didn’t matter as everyone had had a superb day socialising, eating wonderful food and (against all odds) competing in a tight game of cricket. Here’s to next year.
Rebellion moment: When Fish inside edged the ball onto his leg stump, the bail popped out of its groove, but did not fall off. The result – not out, even better Fish scored two runs.