BPCC vs Ewelme
A sunny day, a pitch made for batting and a pliant opposition made for a pleasant afternoon/evening on the South Lawn.
Keyes opened the innings with returning ex-Captain Canham, and they set about the Ewelme bowling with verve. Runs were coming at ten an over until Lee plonked a long-hop into the grateful hands of deep square leg for a blistering 46. Canham was then well caught low down at cover, and left the wicket some minutes later.
David A-S and the self-promoted Martin Cox then got their heads down against some none-too-demanding bowling, and it looked like they were both destined to reach three figures, but DAS waltzed past a straight ball to be stumped for 90 after a partnership of 157. Martin biffed his way into the nineties, and at the start of the 40th and final over, was facing with his score on 95.
The first ball was launched to midwicket for four. The next four deliveries were dots. The last ball saw his greyhound of a partner run out by a couple of feet, leaving the Vice Captain unbeaten on 99, as Blenheim notched a creditable 290-6.
After another excellent tea from the West family (topped up with some Vaughan-Fowler sandwiches), an exhausted Ewelme didn’t provide much resistance with the bat. Chasing the ball in the heat for three hours was bad enough, but then having to endure inane stream-of-consciousness babble from behind the stumps wilted whatever resolve they had left. The noise only abated when a hatful of catches and stumpings were missed. All seven bowlers took wickets as the mighty ‘Blen cantered to a one hundred and forty-seven run victory.