On Sunday, Boulder Park, Constantine, was the setting for our contest with Trengilly who fielded a very experienced and strong side. As for the Seaview, yet again we were well served by Delia and his Verdant beer truck when it rolled in to town.
It was decided to make this a 40 over match and Trengilly won the toss and batted. They posted a high score of 226 for 8, (Vyvyan 52, Weech 72). Yet again our performance in the field was extremely pleasing with three very good catches being taken by Dickon, Bobby (off his own bowling) and L.i.am and one exceptional contender for catch of the season by Delia, his second major contribution of the day after the beer delivery. (I’d talk you through it, but time is of the essence).
There was also a tremendous run out thanks to L.i.am and Damo, which proves that our training sessions are definitely paying off.
Bobby and Cake topped the bowling with two wickets apiece. Even so, the Old Boys found it tough going and the forty overs tested their stamina in the blazing sunshine. The team could have done with some younger blood on the field but neither Max nor I were available.
Then came the Seaview response. We needed a robust batting performance and a run rate of well over 5 an over. The innings started explosively with Ed scoring seven off the first three balls of the innings… and then… it was like day one of a five day test match.
Tosser held down one end perfectly. Some tumbleweed blew past. The runs dried up. The crowd became restless as they saw the chances of victory slowly ebb away. Thankfully Tarby was on hand to provide some much needed cheer with his well timed comments. (Welcome back Tarby).
Damo, as usual, made a heroic effort to put the team into contention, and his 45 off 41 balls gave the team a morale booster. Bobby came in and tried to force the pace too, (23 off 29), before the remaining pair of Alan and Dogger, requiring a mere 132 runs for the win with nine overs left, suddenly gave us hope with their lively and positive approach. Alan’s splendid 8 not out, supported admirably by Dogger, 2, got us to 105 before the inevitable happened and the final wicket fell.
Alas we lost to Trengilly, but a fine afternoon was enjoyed by all, one of the highlights being the marvellous view across the trees towards Constantine church tower with the beautiful blue sea in the distance – unforgettable. (Thanks to Luke for his commitment to the cause and umpiring throughout, much appreciated!)