Ben Nightingale and Jack opened and put on thirteen runs before Jamie Crawford had Ben run out by Matt Lewis in the sixth over. Aaron Day joined Jack to put together a partnership of forty with Aaron hitting five 4s before he was caught out by Jon Hill off Garry Singh Maan for 27. Germane Ebanks had a brief time at the crease, bowled out by Alex Sear off the third ball he faced. He made his way back to the pavilion to put his warm jacket back on (he had not removed his woolly hat to bat). Jack’s next partner was Tom Law who made thirty in their partnership of 38 before Garry bowled him. Basher (Stuart Walding) next joined Jack at the crease and supported Jack’s scoring efforts in their partnership of 37. It ended when James Chantry bowled Jack out. Three balls later, Basher was caught by Matt L off James’s bowling. With two new men at the crease, the President’s XI made short work of the remaining batsmen with Matt Townsend and Luke Jeffrey-Hammond each reaching four before being dismissed, leaving Stuart Crow and Ben (asked to bat a second time as Castlethorpe only had nine men to the ten men of the President’s XI) each not out on one run. There had been a half hour rain stoppage but all in all the accumulated total of 141 looked to be a good total to defend.
After a short tea where a splendid assortment of cakes were enjoyed, the President’s men, under the captaincy of Russell Jones, took to the field. Ian Easton opened with Alex but had to make his way back to the pavilion having been bowled by Stuart C with his second delivery. This brought Jon Hill to the crease. Jon and Alex put on a second wicket stand of 130 runs including nine 4s and two 6s to bring the President’s XI to the brink of victory. Their partnership ended when Alex was run out by Ben on 49. Jon and Garry saw the President’s men home in the 27th with Jon finishing on 81 not out and with Ollie Hughes, Jamie, Matt L, James, Michael Morgan and Russell not needing to bat.
Thanks must go to
- our chairman David Spinelli who stood as umpire for the entire match
- Sharron Jones for scoring the match
- our President Stewart Tate for supplying everything for the barbecue
- to Janet Tate and Diane Spinelli for all their help with the cakes and barbecue food preparation
- Ian for manning the barbecue
Final thanks must go to all the players who participated and to the friends and family members who took time to come along and support the day. It was a pleasant end to the 2017 season.