This seemed like a very long way to travel for an evening T20, especially when we turned off the A30 for a drive into classic Blair Witch territory. However Andy Wills’ faith was well justified as we found a beautiful ground with a cracking little pavilion and a friendly welcome. Any side who suggest retiring at 25 is fine by us.
After having the honour of being present at the grand opening of the new toilet block (which had previously been sneakily christened by several of the Cavaliers) we took to the field. Assisted by a slow pitch we bowled very well, backed up by some excellent fielding, and after great opening from AB and Kev the Millers looked in a bit of trouble. Normally the first change brings an increase in the run rate and although a few boundaries started to come Robin managed to eke out three wickets and by the halfway point the Millers were in real trouble – five down with only 30 on the board. Only Al took a bit of a beating, coming on just as the Millers opening bat and no 6 started to hit out, and AB’s wicket maiden finished their innings on 86-6. A magnificent performance that even we couldn’t fail to chase…?
Well, you would think. If the wicket was slow for Millers it felt like being in a bunker for us. We didn’t manage a single boundary and our top scorer Jules (16) actually ran every one of our first 45 runs. Nobody looked like getting runs, Jules and AB were both run out trying to up the rate, and even the gamble of sending in Si as pinch hitter failed when he was out second ball. We managed to muster just 58-4 in reply after some tidy bowling.
Still, it was getting dark and there was a great barbecue. And a long journey home…. which we look forward to repeating.
Tale Millers 86 (Shore 3-19)
Cavendish Cavaliers 58-6 (Dumont 16)
Tale Millers won by 28 runs
|Julian Dumont||Run Out||37||0/0||43||16|
|Aaron Bowden||Run Out||21||0/0||67||14|
|Chris Ward||Not Out||6||0/0||33||2|
|Nick Harrison||Not Out||21||0/0||29||6|
|Robin Shore||Did Not Bat|
|Alan Bristow||Did Not Bat|
|Kevin Johns||Did Not Bat|