South Wales Hunts galloped onto the South Lawn for our latest cricketing encounter.
Bowling first, Walker (9-0-23-1), & Weedon (8-2-22-3) ripped the heart out of the top order to sabotage the Hunts innings. With captain Gokani seemingly forgetting that one of his responsibilities was to rotate the bowlers, both JVF (11-0-43-2) & Rhino (13-5-23-1) ‘enjoyed’ extended spells that ensured the Hunts’ innings completely stag-nated, much to everyone’s joy. 34-4 after 11 became 96-8 after 39. It really was that exciting. Two catches a-piece were taken by Weedon & Kerr along with another by JVF* but a final flourish saw the visitors end on 143-8 after which we all enjoyed tea compiled by the family Keyes.
In fading light and on a clearly slow & difficult wicket we opened with new boys Kelly (who remained not out) and McCall (who got close to F-all). Keyes also perished but managed to top score with 6.
With darkness descending however and rain ultimately falling along with thunder claps and lightening (very, very frightening evidently) the scent of victory had clearly diminished and the game was declared a draw at 6pm with Blenheim on 17-2. The Hunts prey were therefore free to escape into the shadows of the Woodstock Arms safe to enjoy a pint, whitebait and chips unhindered by the sound of the bugle and the sight of jodhpurs. Boyo.
* Or not depending on your viewpoint (and the scorebook).