BPCC v Bodleian Library – Sunday 21st May 2017

Bodleian Library Silenced by Stoddart

On a gloriously sunny day at Blenheim , the mower refused to start leaving the wicket somewhat green. Walker was licking his lips at the prospect of bowling at his erstwhile teammates. Coxy(0) got one that moved a foot and bowled him middlepeg but that was to be Walkers only scalp  Newboy David Acheley-Symes (about time we had a smattering of double barrelled names) took some time to adjust to his new found palatial surroundings, James Stoddart looked assured from the start and was soon ticking the score along  reaching his 50  with apparent consummate ease (65/1) David A-S realised he was somewhat behind his partner in scoring rate and promptly hit 26 off an over! Stoddart was eventually bowled (82) and West who had been padded up for 25 overs lasted  an over (6)and was soon back on back on “his” bench he had so recently vacated.

With only 8 overs to go David A-S succumbed  (57) and a flurry of activity saw  Allan Engel hole out in the deep(0) exhausted after running a quick two in the previous over. Debutant Phil Reay (2) looked in control until he raised his bat for the “perfect leave” only for the ball to clatter his stumps and Richard Evans  used his tennis skills to smack a six straight over the bowlers head   but holed later in the over (11) Jake Spearman (1) looked to have plenty of class strokes but was unluckily run out  Kerr (8) with a few balls left hit two fours but was caught leaving Stan(n.o 0) and Spearman Senior (n.o.1) to close the innings on 176/9   (Walker 8o/4m/1w/17r)

Tea was taken  Splendid spread with home made cakes chocolate brownies and Battenberg cake (so much we took some home Lee!)

With no fast bowlers in the team Captain West  opened with Spearman/ Cox M .  Spearmint opened with a maiden and had his man first ball of his next over – and Coxy pushed one down the leg side only for the No.3 to clip it with is pad and bowled him middlepeg! Bodleian were 21/2 after 10 overs  West brought himself on as first change with Stan at the other end  Westy picked up a wicket in his 2nd over and already looking at his averages took himself off . BPCC outfielding was outstanding with catches held and some excellent work in the deep especially from Jake Spearman –Champagne moment was Stan’s stop pick up and sharp return in one movement that was reminiscent of his early dancefloor days.Phil the professor made the squareleg/midwicket area his own all afternoon and affected a good run out but replays showed their number5 was was even slower than Engel !  Gradually the Bodleian were falling behind the rate and Stoddart who bowled his allocated 8 overs on the bounce was eventually rewarded with a wicket in his penultimate and a wicket maiden in last  The Library had gone quiet  Their No2 (54) was eventually undone by the dark destroyer Stan by a well taken catch by Cox (who took more catches (1) and more wickets(1) than he scored runs!) Spearman came back to clean up with two more wickets (8/1/11/3) the denouement  trapping Walker middlepeg             Kerr (unsurprisingly) kept a clean sheet with no byes inspite of some wayward legside bowling.

We all retired to our new home “The Woodstock Arms” where we reflected on a great team winning effort played in gentlemanly fashion in the perfect backdrop  Canham who appeared on the boundary and in the pub later knew which side of the rope he would rather have been !  

Man of Match:  James Stoddard


Anon (Bertie Kerr)