Once again Blenheim hosted the Juveniles and an early start as the J’s needed to getaway early, and getaway early they did until the introduction of the perennial jug avoider, Rhino (4-36), with Stan (a well-judged catch by the young Nathan), Nigel (and Raj contributing with one-a-piece and the latter two combining to earn a run out. The J’s learnt a lesson – Nigel can throw as accurately as he bowls! All said, the J’s innings ended on 131-8 off 38 overs.
BPCC innings started slowly and slowed further. The rumours of spectators preferring to watch paint dry may be justified with the score limping to 46 in the 18thover, with the initial RR of 4.3 having risen to 6.6 RPO. Even though short lived, It took our U15 import, Nathan, to inject a sense of urgency to the innings. Wickets started tumbling as BPCC set about chasing down the modest total with Liam (22), Charlie (17) and Malcolm (17) hitting some lusty blows. It came down to the last over and 10 needed to win, and then 6 off the last ball – and I didn’t make it. BPCC closed on Stan (1 N.O.), Raj (4 N.O.) …. to regret the afternoon’s proceedings – 126-7 off 31 overs.
Highlights of the day were:
- Mrs Keyes’ teas – scrumptious! Superbly supported by Caroline Kerr’s cake (and cucumber sandwiches) – all thoroughly enjoyed by everyone (and looking at our performance maybe too much by some)!
- Robert dropping (almost) everything – the ball (hardly a surprise), his beer (criminal) and even his trousers (yes, really!), the photographing tourist didn’t know where to look! Maybe Rob’s behaviour is weirdly linked to the opposition we are playing, so I look forward to next week – and so glad I’ll miss the return game against Sheepscombe – the mind boggles!!!
Played 5, Lost-1, Drawn-2, Won-2