Match Report: 16th July, 6:00PM, Park Street Dads, TBC

Crabtree Win In Tense Finish Against Park Street Dads

Result: Crabtree win by 1 run

This was Crabtree Cricket at its best – amusement before and during the game together with a good victory achieved in true “Dads” spirit. We sensed that this could be an interesting evening the moment we arrived at The Park Street Recreation Ground to find a pitch with the boundary on one side only a few paces from the pitch but with acres of ground on the other, a recipe for six hitting if ever we  saw one. The bar was already open and the Park Street Barmy Army were already several pints to the good and in good voice. Nic Hale on arriving in his hairdressers car immediately reversed out of the car park to be well away from the likely sixes and fours that were bound to rain down on the club car park. Rob Cole arrived in a state of irritation that his wife had not carefully washed, ironed and laid out his whites to pack and thus had only his chav shiny shell suit bottoms to wear. A volunteer was needed to give up a pair of white trousers to our tallest ( and fattest) player – needless to say these came from our shortest player Al Rawlinson. Once Rob had poured his immense torso into said short and tight trousers the game commenced.

Crabtree batted first with strict instructions from skipper Rawlinson to hit everything towards the nearby clubhouse boundary. Cole ( who should have been out caught first ball), Jarvis, Rawlinson and Dearman all obliged and reached 25 without difficulty ably supported by Jonty ( 14 ), Horn Junior (9),Horn Senior (5)and Parkinson (9) thus enabling Crabtree to post a competitive 155 runs which we thought should easily be good enough. Park Street got off to a slow start being kept at bay by some tight early bowling from Dearman, Cole and Hale. The Crabtree fielding was unusually tight and athletic (Baker with his statutory diving stops !!) and wickets gradually fell to a stumping by skipper Rawlinson, a good run out, a catch by Horn Junior and a bowled by Jarvis ( 2 for 17 )but gradually the Park Street momentum was building with some good strong hitting from their young middle order. The supporters club, by now into their fifteenth pint were getting very excited at the prospect of a close finish and were giving it large on the boundary in support of their team. Thanks to a couple of late very economical overs from Parkinson, and a third great over from Cole, Park Street finally ended one short of our total on 154. Fortunately the thunder and lightning held off just long enough although fielding for the last few overs was particularly tricky in the virtual dark. The heavens opened as we left the pitch and we made for the pub.

Postscript – the victory was achieved with only 10 players. A special award will be presented at the end of the season to the player with the most no shows – assuming he gets back from Los Angeles in time !!!!

Match Reporter: Jonty

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