Match Report: 4th June, 6:00PM, St John Fisher, Verulam School, Sandpit Lane

Surreal!

Result: Lost by 8 wickets

A somehow surreal evening. The willows were weeping their pollen over the pitch, and this must have had a somnambulant effect on Crabtree’s band of nine (2 no-shows). Things didn’t get much better with yours truly out to the first ball of the match – a platinum my son gleefully tells me! This must have set the tone as two other fellow Crabtrees fell first ball. Only three made it to double figures – Paul A, Graham R and Chris P (top score with 18). The pitch was slow, with no bounce, making it very hard to get the ball away with any authority against a set of straight slow bowlers. 68 for 9 with Chris out in the last over.

Strangely, when Danny G (1-5) and Ian B (0-5) started to bowl the ball starts bouncing – see what I mean about surreal? Good opening spells by them conceding just 10 runs in the first four overs allowing us to dream. Chris P, Paul A and Nick H also bowled tight spells, but without wickets we were struggling to apply more pressure.  Fishers kindly lent us an outstanding fielder who nearly took two running catches, but protecting the field with ten men was also a challenge. Jim K stepped up to bowl the 13th over with the score on 63 -1 and this proved the final over with the consolation of a second wicket (the donkey’s only positive contribution being the catch!)

Then for a select few (5 Crabtrees, 3 Fishers) down to the Hatfield Road Social Club for a beer and Nobby’s nuts – surreal!!

Match Reporter: Simon Jarvis

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