BPCC vs Felix Club – 16th June 2019

Match Report from Sunday 16th June:

Rain, rain go away

After much work to ensure a playable pitch, the match started with us losing the toss and being put into bat. A fine opening stand enabled the score to move rapidly to 136 before the first wicket fell in the 24th over. A vintage batting performance ended with an unassailable score, a brilliant all-round performance and a deserved win! Well done team! Upwards and onwards.

Oh! … and the other match report follows (courtesy of Malc):

Blenheim shoots self in foot

After much hard work and anxious cover hovering we got a game on. The ten men of Blenheim against the 11men of Felix. Felix won toss and elected to Bat and we were in good control from the outset with Jake and Nigel difficult to play. Change pair of Tom Flemming and JVF also performing well and an enjoyable couple of overs of Finn bowling well against his dad. Then the Felix batting turned up and they motored from about 70-6 to 147 all out. Cox picking up a couple at the end. (Jake 2, Nigel 1, Tom 2, JVF 1, Finn 2, Cox 2). Keeper wars escalated another level with Stan conceding no byes and taking 2 good catches. Champagne moment Phil Spearman Ct Angol Bowled F Spearman/JVF departed chuntering about bloody wicket keepers who can suddenly catch.

An excellent tea was widely enjoyed and then the Blenheim chase began. Phil Boardman was confident from the off and had 30 on the board by the ninth over when Martin remembered he was also supposed to add to the score as well and started to pick off the weaker 2nd string bowling. At half way drinks BPCC were 73 for 0. First wicket fell at about 85 (Martin 30) and Phil ploughed on joined by Jake who hit a flashing 25 in short order and ran hard (and Phil into the ground). Then requiring about 25 from the last 12 overs with 8 wickets in hand the Blenheim collapse started. My therapist advises me not to try to recall it but Phil was last man out trying to steal a single off the last ball of the penultimate over to protect the drafted in spectator batting at no 11. Phil made an excellent 70 (and hobbled off the pitch as if he was indeed 70). We managed to give 4 LBWs (at least one of which had a bat involved), had a player bowled of the 7th ball of the over, had a catch given with no bat involved and didn’t have a full 11 to bat.

A match we should have Won, could have drawn and lost by 6 runs. At 1pm the BBC rain predictor said 97% chance of rain, we laughed when no rain came. At 7pm the Match predictor said 97% probability of BPCC win, 30 mins later we were not laughing.

PS: I wonder whether we can attract sponsorship from Kumon, SpecSavers, Boots Audiology etc?

All said and done: W4, L2, D1