Blenheim Park CC vs Bodleian Library CC – 19th May 2019

Winning the Toss BPCC decided to have a bat as the forecast looked like it might deteriorate later in the day. Almost immediately normal service was resumed as Keys laid into the opening bowling and West was out to yet another worldie catch (this time keeper full length to leg taking it in the webbing). Joined by Cox Senior Keys continued his onslaught with Cox chipping in as well. By 20 over drinks we were 100-1 and eying a 200 score and when Keys was finally bowled in the 23rd over (72) and we were on 120 and flying. But then the runs dried up with Cox Senior becalmed by some line and length consistency and although partners Boardman and Cox Jn chipped in with some positive stokeplay we glacially progressed to a respectable if not convincing 177. (Cox Senior eventually bowled for 53).

Another wonderful tea was taken in the shelter of the tree as some light drizzle fell and the BPCC bowlers licked their lips.

Ringing the changes we tried yet another new opening partner and this one will be a keeper. Walker was tidy although unlucky in his opening spell and Spearman Jr was excellent and deserved the wicket of the opener (who had won them the game last year) in his first over. The librarians then dug in and by the time of a double change in bowling after 12 overs were just 38-1. More tight work from change bowlers Gokani and Spearman Senior including a good LBW for Gokani and at drinks The Librarians were way behind the rate at 56-2 although their persistent opener was looking like he was getting ready to finally cut loose. With the relentless Spearman Senior joined by LVP Angol (who’s recent ennoblement seems to have made a much more controlled bowler) things began to happen quickly… After an early chance (well certainty really) was dropped, Angol got one caught and 2 LBW and with the healing power of Rhino horn, Spearman Senior, 2 bowled and one caught bowled . The returning Walker also bagged himself a lupus. So with light fading and Spearman Jr and Angol unable to remove the fighting no 11 and the belligerent opener who was seemingly happy to play for red ink, West turned to his mystery spin to remove no 11 at the first opportunity (Caught Cox Senior). All out for 116 (38.5 overs).