View from the Boundary, Saturday August19th 2017
Old Catton 1sts v Swardeston CEYMS
One week to go to the end of the League season, and still not a call-off due to the weather. It’s probably saving it up for the President’s Match on Sept 2nd: I always remember when we had the barbeque inside the pavilion – talk about smoke!
Anyway, when I got to the ground we had restricted the opposition to 53-1 after 23 overs, the one wicket taken by Baz C, who had figures of 1-9 in 9 overs. Archie ‘Googly’ Duncan came on to bowl and in an instant took the wicket of De Coteau, caught behind by Karl : 56-2. However, that was it for another 20 overs, during which I decided to help in the preparation of tea. I emerged from the pavilion, with CEYMS on 181, to see young Mr Thacker caught by Karl off Henry ‘Hurricane’ Duncan’ for 71 – 181-3 in the 43rd. A run out by Giles in the last over made the score a bit more respectable, 186-4, the Fantastic Mr Fox not out on 53.
Sally and Toby turned up to complete the Duncan family and the OCCC and Swardeston connection, especially when she introduced me to one man and his dog, Peter Thomas. At tea I had sampled one of Sally’s delicious ‘edible ball-bearing’ cupcakes, at first crunch thinking I had broken a tooth. Scrumptious.
Pablo and Giles came out to open, and played like openers should, patiently building up a score whilst keeping the run rate close to 4 an over. Pablo was out lbw with both men’s scores on 34, 81-2 in the 23rd over, about 30 up on Swardeston’s score at the same point. Giles was bowled on 60 in the 32nd over, yet another good score. Henry, partnering Tom Q, was unfortunately stumped on 3 in the 36th over and suddenly we were 133-3. Mr T came in to speed things along, but was run out attempting a kamikaze sprint. 139-4. Mambrose joined Q and began in his customary style, scoring a rapid 8 before mistiming one to hear the sound of wood behind him: 149-5 in the 39th over, with 37 needed in less than 6 overs. Q was caught on the boundary, deciding to go for it, having contributed with a patient but welcome 30 – 171-6 in the 42nd over. Jay joined Karl and put my mind to rest with a cavalier 21 not out to win the match.
A torrent of rain in the tea interval had sent the lads out to put the covers on, but it proved short lived. At one stage we had 3 club sides in the ground, as when we socialised with the CEYMS players after the match, the Norwich CC boys came along and set up tents for a sleep-over. Nice.
We continued our social night at the Whalebone, where amongst other things, and comfortably settled in the snug, we learnt that the A’s had lost to Kettering Hall, but the B’s had easily beaten Sprowston C.
Please, club members, give me your Player’s Player of the Year 1,2,3 votes, by hand, phone (812229) or email, firstname.lastname@example.org, before Sept.4th. Also, players ,VP’s and sponsors, don’t forget the President’s Match on Sept 2nd. A grand raffle will be held after the match with a considerable cash 1st prize, but any contributions to the raffle, drinks, chocs, unwanted presents will be appreciated.
Barry Prime, Chairman.