After celebrating Alex “fixtures ” Fenton’s 50th birthday with 2 halves of Harveys and a small roll up TMG felt the best way to blow away the cobwebs was to meet at HQ at 11.00 (and yes that is 11 in the morning) for a 12 o’clock 20/20 over at new fixture Arundel.
With Terry first to arrive order was restored by Ricky having to be pried from his bed by some fellow Greysmen and off we headed West and towards the incoming rain. Arriving a respectable 20 minutes late the game somehow became a 30 over affair with TMG taking the field. The regular opening pair of Dave “who wants a go on my disco bag” Day and Robbie “me -that wasn’t a very good ball : Rob -I’m just glad I’m running in the right direction ” Hoare set upon the youthful opening pair.
Well the bowling has been good all season mainly being let down by some catching that has been below par to say the least so it was quite a surprise for the outfielding to gel on this day of all days (obviously with the exception of our Aussie scum comrade who was quite dreadful and truly deserved the crack – and crack was the sound – he received by ball on bone) . The openers were dispatched, one a piece (Day 1-19 Hoare 1-27), to a great diving catch by Alan and a good effort from Ricky who was still suffering some dizziness having run in circles under a skyer ending up further from the ball than his starting position.
Wickets fell at regular intervals with the bowlers giving nothing away ( well, except EO going for 8 an over and Alans first 3 balls 4,4,4) another great catch from Alan making superb ground to his left removed their ringer from Ansty and Jerry got the PSM nod for a great diving left hand catch standing up to Ib (who bowled with great flight allowing the ball to grip and turn) Arundel finished on 137 for 9, a thoroughly gettable total.
Tea was taken and a great affair it was to with the usual sandwich/cake combination enhanced by hotdogs in white baps (easy Ricky) with fried onions. Hmmmmmm…..
Suitably refreshed TMG openers Jerry ((29*) and Biff (11*) took the attack to the bowling and when the (much forecast) rain set in we were 50 for no wicket from 12 overs :a winning position me thinks.
All in all a good day ruined by the rain against a nice bunch who were a good mix of the young and old.