Tour Day 13 Chagford Friday July12
Final game of the Tour, a game I felt we should not have scheduled as by the Friday 5 of the 15 playing members of the Tour would have left the area. Plus, almost all those that were left were nursing some injury or other. Also, we had a very early start (2 AM) the following morning. None the less the game was scheduled & we pulled together a team to play the game. Our driver was familiar with the Chagford area & decided on a small bus as he was sure the bigger buses couldn’t get to the ground & we would have a long walk from the village to the ground. Again, a large ground set just outside a small village on Dartmoor with the hills of Dartmoor all around
Bus picked us up at 10:45 with a projected start for a 25 over game of 1:00, this because we wanted to be away early to prepare for or early morning start for home.
Taverners batted 1st with Nigel & Garvin opening & once again the opposition opening bowler was a young lady this time just 14 years old. Quite quick & on a good length but wayward in direction at times. Garvin was following his running rules it was a single or 4 & he was picking up plenty of boundaries. The 1st wicket put on 52 with Nigel out for 8. Roy joined Garvin for a very short time out for a “golden”. Garvin’s next partner was brother Errol who played the backup role until Garvin eventually retired for 105.
It was during that partnership that the pair set off for a quick single to the young lady with a good arm, seeing that she taking aim at the bowlers end wicket where I was umpiring I made haste running backwards, caught my heel on the practice wicket mat & landed with my head taking the brunt of the fall. I then spent the rest of the game on the side lines with an ice pack on my head.
The innings continued with Errol retiring on 23, David was quickly removed for 2 Taverners 158 for 3 after 21 overs. Joe (12) & Chomo (20) finished off the innings in grand style posting 191 for 3.
Karran & Ossie opened the bowling with Karran striking in the 1st over having the opener stumped. He struck again in his following over bowling the number 3 Chagford 11 for 2. The Numbers 1 & 4 batsmen then staged a comeback taking the score to 102 when Roy in his last over bowled #4 for 58. The next 2 wickets fell cheaply to Nigel, Chagford 116 for 5. At this point Garvin passed the keepers duties to Roy & the #7 batsmen took control of the innings closing in on Taverners score but he was losing partners to Garvin till at the end of the 25th over #7 was not out 52 & Chagford 180 for 8 Taverners 2nd win of the Tour by 11 runs.
Karran 2 – 26, Ossie 1 – 36, Roy 1- 48, Nigel 2 – 35, Garvin 2 – 28 & David 0 – 16
A very good evening with our hosts where we tried to deplete the beer fund but sadly just failed. The Rubber Ducky went to the worthy innings of Roy.
So, we wound our way across Dartmoor to The Cedars but about halfway the effects of the bang on the head & the overloaded bladder kicked in & I asked the driver if he could find a place to stop. He must have known what was coming because within minutes he made a small detour & found a sheltered spot in the woods that several of the team used for their relief. Once we were back at the hotel, we realized that it was still too early to retire so the regular evening get together was again in full swing celebrating the victory & the Tour in general.