Match Report: 13th May, 6:00PM, SFDWP, Rothampstead Park

Result: Won by 3 wickets

SFDWP 114 – 8 (20 overs)
Crabtree 115 – 7 (19.3 overs)

Sad Fat Dads with Pads, veterans of last season’s charity tournament, play the first T 20 against Crabtree, quickly showing that the first half of their moniker wasn’t entirely accurate as Church & Holmes both got unbeaten 20’s and were beyond 70 at the half way mark including a Chris H over of 13 runs, 2 wickets (and a dropped catch). Great comeback by the proper bowlers, especially Ben D 6 off 2 overs, Nick T 9 off 3 and Ian B 9 off 3 plus 2 wickets. Major surprise was that we held 2 catches, Neil D almost taking a third, just missing the deflection through the branches of the tree. Gary captained, lots of arm waving and shouting more than compensating for no discernable knowledge of fielding positions, (his own admission). Silly mid off anyone ?

Ben, 22 & Simon J, 17 put on 47 for the first in 6 overs but just as it looked comfortable the wickets fell, at 71 for 5 it was game on as SFDWP capt’n (Peter) Cook took a blinding diving catch at cover to dismiss Nick T, (good field placing Pete, Dud would never have reached it.) In the exact opposite of England’s storming finish against Sri Lanka, also on in a nearby park, in St Lucia, Crabtree played the long game, 10 needed off 3, 7 off 2, 5 off 1, until, eventually, we got there. Chris H finishing on 26, of which a minimum of 25 he happily admits were on the leg side.

Great oppo, well into the Crabtree ethos, it’s not the winning that matters so long as there’s a pint after. Thanks “Saddos” for lending us a fielder throughout their innings, hopefully they’ll become regular opposition in future seasons.

Match Reporter: Chris Horn

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