After a rained-out (well, waterlogged-out) tour in 2012, this was our first-ever tour match. It ended in an inglorious defeat, but it was a great game played in a very good spirit and the Cavaliers will remember it for one batsman’s non-performance in particular.
Before the match, those who had not toured with us before (Karl, Bob, Jonny and Chris) performed a wonderful pre-match haka that struck terror into the hearts of all who saw it. It was meant to scare the opposition, but it was perhaps more worrying for those who were sharing dorms with them. Thoroughly entertaining.
One thing we won was the toss, and we fielded. From the start Parkend looked happy to play their shots and ran aggressively. Si opened the bowling with Dion and Karl, but it was regular opening bowler Kev who got the first breakthrough in his first over – just after being hit for successive boundaries. The new batsman took a shine to Bob whose first over went for 16, but Kev struck again in his next over thanks to a brilliant diving catch at short cover by Chris Andrews. Chris followed this up shortly afterwards by bowling Webb for a duck – one of only two ducks in the game – but Parkend kept their foot on the gas, regularly hitting the ball downhill to the furthest boundary. Si had Watson lbw just short of his 50, but this would be our last wicket as Parkend amassed 164-4 from their 20 overs.
It was a big score but Jonny and I were confident of getting a few runs on the board. He knows what he’s doing with the bat in his hand and I had started the year in good touch. The first delivery came in, swung in at me late and I was slow to react as it yorked me and took out middle stump. I looked around but there was no no-ball nor sporting withdrawal of appeal from the opposing captain. It was a loooooong walk back to the pavilion.
Si then came out at 3 and hoicked the very next ball for four.
We batted reasonably well but, after Si was out for 10 and Chalky for 2, we found ourselves somewhat short of firepower and boundaries were a rarity. There was one comical moment when Dave Barlow ran, was sent back by Jonny, ran again and was eventually and finally run out with both batsmen loitering hesitantly at the same end. Jonny (31 ret) played well but the middle order couldn’t get runs quickly enough to make a game of it and by the time Karl (14 ret) came in at 7 it was too late. Everyone who batted scored runs apart from one – that was me with my precious golden duck and a donation to the Primary Club owing.
We made 90 altogether, losing by 74 runs, and retired to the pub for a massive barbecue. A great first tour game indeed.