BPCC vs South Wales Hunts CC – 8th August 2021

The weather gods, once again, decided that the presence of BPCC was required to grace the beauty and glorious South Lawn. How lucky we are to play on one of the most beautiful grounds in the UK.

We welcomed what we knew would be a very strong SWHCC side and indeed we picked a team that we thought would match the challenge.

However, early on Sunday morning Jake was the victim of an errant driver whilst delivering newspapers on his bike. His bike was a write off but thankfully Jake escaped with only cuts and bruises. Having said that however, his injuries prevented him from being able to play although he was more than able to enjoy the sympathy and attention of the young female bar staff at the Punchbowl following the game. To lose Jake’s batting, bowling and fielding expertise was bad enough but things got more problematic when Sandy and Matt, our two Australian imports, arrived nearly two hours after the start time which was 1pm, despite arriving at Blenheim at 1.05pm. It would appear that they decided to take a trip on the children’s train, visit the maze, the butterfly house and take a tour of the Palace until they remembered why they had travelled to Blenheim in the first place. Whilst we may still have lost, it would undoubtedly have been a more exciting and close finish had we been able to field a full team. The committee is considering purchasing a GPS device for Sandy and an accident awareness course for Jake.

So far as the match itself is concerned, SWHCC won the toss and in their 35 overs amassed a total of 182 for 2.

Following yet another yummy tea provided by Megan and Malcom, Phil and Lee resumed their opening partnership. Phil failed to make an impression and was out very early. Lee however played well and scored 36 before he was bowled in the ? over. Sadly, no one else was able to give Lee any support and the home team were bowled out in the 27th over for a total of 98 runs providing our opposition with a well-deserved victory.

Once again, thanks to all the players who made themselves available, those that helped prepare the wicket and of course to our supporters and spectators.