BPCC Entertained Ascott Under Wychwood who lasted visited the South lawn in 2007!
Malcolm (gone Bohemian) won the toss and elected to bat. Keyes perished in the first over being drawn forward with ball going through his legs to the keeper standing back who with some smart keeping (which was to become a feature of the afternoon – read on) threw down the wicket Keyes stranded out of his crease, slumped off to watch the football under the shade of the trees.
Enter Rupert Kelley to join Phil Boardman, after seeing off the openers and the odd play and miss it was clear that is probably only the variable bounce that was going to break this partnership – Some excellent fours sizzling over the boundary ropes Phil eventually played back and missed the ball LBW (48) Rupert accelerated past his half-century and eventually bowled for a great knock (61).
Malcolm (14) soon came and went which brought George Kerr (43) and Alex Dellar (20) together – they managed to put on a rapid 67 runs in the final 6 overs which effectively took the game away from the opposition posting a total of 208 – George in the process nearly taking the head off their captain who sustained an extremely sore hand (Thanks for ice pack Kate). Fielding in that heat was tough but dropping 9 catches did not help their cause.
Tea – Bl**dy marvellous!! a cricket tea back on the menu – excellent thank you Megan. (Editor’s Note – Supplemented by the always excellent Vicky Sponge thanks to Mrs Kerr).
Walker (7/0/10) opened with usual steady line and length (and 2 maidens) and Stan the Man opened the other end. It wasn’t long before Stan had his first victim and then another !
Raj came on first change after Nigel’s economical spell their left hander was just starting to look dangerous picked a leg side double bounce ball for 4 and then Raj with his extra delivery managed that old half tracker down leg trick which said batsmen thought he had hit for six only for George Kerr to run in from the boundary to take a good catch (producing that familiar cry on the South Lawn – “well caught Kerr”!)
After that we seemed to get a little lax in the field trying to emulate Ascott with West, Dellar and aforementioned Kerr all putting down easy chances. Raj continued to weave his “magic” with a further two victims finishing on a credible 5/3/33. But by this time they were well behind the (huge) asking rate – Kerr R took a regulation catch in front of second slip given out, only for Malcolm to ask the (young) batsmen if he hit it (guess what he said?) Malcolm withdrew the appeal and the batmen remained — not for long.
Batsmen came and went with Kerr taking a blinding stumping to dismiss their dangerous batsmen off Keyes (yes), who took a further two wickets, Dellar bowled an superb spell (7/1/11). Eventually with 9 down Phil Boardman came on and in his second over had their captain smartly stumped (second of the match) by Kerr R to wrap up the innings on 112 all out
A classic batting performance, built slowly, accelerated in the middle and then with that platform punished them in the last ¼.
Nice opposition- we travel to their home in a month (We don’t – Ed)