Well last Saturday started well (or so I thought!), with my GWR team of Chris C; Neil and Aaron all turning up to help. We’d finished by 10.15 and went away quite happy with a job well done?!
Anyway to the game. Eastry (along with Foxbury the week before) are arguably two of the stronger sides we play on a Saturday and it is tough to have them back-to-back. I won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Eastry got off to a fast start, but after 3.1 overs the game was stopped for a reason no one could have imagine ever happening, but it did! An astute Mr Arnup fielding at point asked me at slip, was there any reason as to why the pitch was marked out at the road end using the wrong line?! Huge embarrassment, especially from me, so I quickly spoke to their Captain who was opening the batting, and the pitch was hastily re-marked correctly and the game continued. Mr Ticehurst was in attendance watching so comments on What’s App now commenced!
Anyway Eastry, with their opening bat Harry Kenton carrying his bat for a magnificent 121no; rattled up 242/6 in their 40 overs. Pick of the bowlers was D Mc with 3 wickets and Paul D with 1. Paul A juggled and held a catch at point and Anup also held his. At least we didn’t drop any catches; they just didn’t offer any more chances. Harry managed with his 6’s to lose 3 balls and break some roof tiles – I tried to bill him for £ 25.29 but to no avail!
After a great tea prepared by Rachel (thanks again), we set about getting as close to their total as possible. Mark (19) and Jimbo (20), gave us a reasonable start, but once they had fallen, matters got worse. It didn’t help that D Mc (steering a ball to slip, he might have on another day left alone); and yours truly, somehow watching in horror as the ball trickled slowly off his arm to just knock off a bail, both departed for fat zero’s! Maybe I was still in Croatia – I’ve had better days!!
We continued to battle and Toby batted well to top score with 22 (apart from a certain A N Extra, our best batsmen, contributing a magnificent 41no!!) and be last out and be awarded the Man of the Match by the Opposition. Young Josh hit 3 excellent 4’s to outdo his Dad (batting for GCCC for the first time), who got 2 although he was not out.
My thanks again to the Ground Work crew – we will never play off 23 yards and 1 foot again!; to Rachel for the tea, and to all those who helped afterwards, particularly Paul D; Dan D and Mark on the pitch.