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.
George Holden’s so far unbroken sequence of captaincy success was continued on Sunday-against Arthington’s “Festival team”- traditionally strong.
Your humble scribe can hardly recall a better Romany bowling and fielding performance against a good side. Good catches were held by Jonny and Andrew Moore,, after 20 overs Arthington were only 52-2, and there was hardly even a fumble. The throwing in from the deep by Ed Marsden, Vinay, Hamid, Atta and Jonny Lee was excellent throughout, and eventually we did get the run out we’d threatened to all afternoon-Arthington’s stylish but veteran Dudley, run out going for a second run. John Surtees kept very well and took a sharp catch to remove Arthington’s own “Sir Geoffrey” (Barker) for a measured 42…
Nine men of Romany triumph at Crakehall (with a little help from our friends).
On a perfect day of cloudless blue skies, in the wonderful setting of Crakehall village, after several years of defeats to the always-strong Crakehall side, a real all-round performance saw a famous Romany victory, to which every player contributed!
Thanks to Badar Zaman’s late call up we managed to field eleven players for what is one of the highlights of the Romany season, our annual fixture with Leeds Caribbean. In the absence of our captain and vice-captains I took over the Romany captaincy for the first time.
A rather weaker than usual Caribbean side won the toss and batted. They were reduced to 47 – 8 at one point by some excellent Romany bowling on a pitch that had a lot in it for the bowlers. Our old friend Keon Williams, now 16 years old, then led a recovery by Caribbean and was still there at the end. Caribbean were all out for 116 with one ball left of the 35 overs.
We all arrived in good time (except Fitzy!) at Collingham and the sun came out for the rest of the day on their very smart cricket ground.
Having dealt with several last minute team changes and one or two transport related hiccups – not least the closure of the road to the ground – I was relieved to find that we did have at least ten players to start the game with one more making his way from court; prosecuting not being prosecuted, or so he said. We managed to press a passing Wesley Bell into fielding for a few overs, and with the subsequent help of several Bolton Percy substitutes we managed to get to the 30th over, or so, when our 11th man (Matt Donkin) finally joined us.
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