A beautiful sunny, 28c day for the Taverners last game prior to their departure on Friday for the England tour.
Captain for the day, Nigel , lost the toss and as per usual the opposition chose to bat forcing 10 old guys out into the field. …Andrew was a no show till 6:38pm.
They started fairly briskly but after a caught behind and then a run out of the openers things slowed down a little. Some good bowling and fielding kept the score down. Then, after the batsmen were advised “we’re 82 after 14 overs – time to start hitting” from the sidelines the flood gates opened. Another 74 runs were added in the last 6 overs!!!
Now it was time for our innings and a great opportunity for the tour participants to get in some valuable practice before hitting the English countryside.
It was not an auspicious start to the innings with us being 4 for 8 after 5 overs. But then the pairing of Imdad and Martin settled things down for a bit. Then there was another quick succession of wickets after Martin retired hurt ( i think). Imdad scored 41 before being out LBW with about 2 overs left. In the end Taverners, much to everyones surprise, given our start, managed to see it through to rhe 20th over. A moral victory!!
Drinks were at Nigels place and discussion of flights, when to be at airport, the fact that Garvin called the hotel from the Park (3am UK time) to check if they had laundry facilities took place.
Scoresheets attached…they’re upside down but dont know why…too bad!