Won by about 70 runs. Possibly because they gave us a right thrashing last year, Yapham put out a much friendlier side consisting mainly of younger players and club stalwarts. We scored 190 in 35 overs, losing only one wicket in reaching our total; albeit with two retirements upon reaching 50. Faced with tight early bowling from Howard Elgot and Jim Watling, the opposition were never really in the hunt and their total after 35 overs, was just 119-4. We were well skippered by Knighty, who gave Howard, Nick and myself 20 overs between us – which should shut us up for at least a couple of weeks, not least because we will all still by aching during this timescale. A fuller report from Matthew will appear shortly; the opposition’s report of the match, along with some photographs, may be found here.
I arrived at the entrance with Oli and Fits after spending most of the journey explaining to Fits the definition of a Duke/aristocracy and big houses; and also that cricket can be played without swearing, please. So the scene was set: a glorious setting, sunshine, and a fit, talented IX – and Rupert. Chatsworth batted first and apart from No 2& 3 – with 28 & 29, respectively – none of them scored any real runs. Our new pro Aussie, Rohan, bowled/fielded very well, 3 good wickets and a brilliant low diving catch at square leg! The other bowlers all chipped in with the odd wicket, as did Rupert, to have them all out for 130 at tea. We had a super tea sitting around in the sunshine, taking it all in, thinking 130 would be quite a stroll. Not so.
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