Sunday afternoon saw the SVOB entertain, for the very first time, Falmouth Rugby Club.
The Seaview batted first and amassed a total of 135 from their 30 overs. It was a reasonable, if not spectacular team performance in which the highlights were a beautifully crafted 36 by Ed, 27 from Damo in double quick time and a smart 20 by Mark.
Much of the bowling was extremely accurate which, coupled with the very slow outfield, accounted for the modest final score by Seaview standards. Most of the rugby team bowled economically with the Firth boys taking two wickets for only 14 runs from seven overs between them.
The rugby boys responded by getting to 57 for 0 off the first twelve overs. At one stage, early on, Slider had the openers pinned down, his first three overs only going for 12 runs. He should have had a wicket but unfortunately Hamla couldn’t hold onto a lofted shot in the deep by Innard, the beefy rugby professional. Innard went on to make 40 before Hamla (aka Ed) made amends for his earlier mishap by taking a glorious catch near the boundary whilst on the run – a definite contender for catch of the season.
Earlier, opener Mercuri, no relation to Freddie, made a steady 19 before he was spectacularly run out by Dickon and Will. The match was moving slowly in favour of the rugby team with half the overs gone. Thankfully Dickon was on hand to take two quick wickets, those of the big hitting threats Varker and S. Firth, both of whom went for 1.
Instance and Ward then formed a very good partnership which took the visitors within sight of victory. When Instance went, bowled by Damo for 17, it left the experienced Ward to try and win the match with the young but talented O.Firth. When Firth was bowled by Will for 0 it gave the Seaview renewed hope. Just one wicket was required with four overs left.
The bowling was tight, the fielding electric, then just what the Old Boys wanted, a poor off drive straight into the hands of our earlier hero, Dickon, but, unbelievably, the normally reliable whiskey connoisseur grappled with the ball, before, as if in slow motion, it ended up on the ground… game not over yet.
The rugby team still had a chance, as did the SVOB who needed that remaining wicket. With one over of the game left Damo brought on New Dave for his first bowl. Six runs were needed by the rugby team to win. New Dave bowled a beauty which, in an effort to win the match in one stroke, Ward smashed towards the onside boundary high in the air where Will (aka Cartel) was waiting to take the catch and secure a thrilling victory.
Well done the Seaview whose fielding performance was awash with incident – six dropped catches, two excellent catches (Ed and Will), one direct run out by Mark and a combined run out by Dickon and Will. Pick of the bowlers were Damo 3-30, Dickon 2-12, Will 2-19 and New Dave 1-0.1.
A very entertaining and enjoyable match which the rugby players would like to repeat.