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CCC vs Conservative Party - 30th June 2007

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CCC vs Conservative Party - 30th June 2007

Posted by: webmaster on Saturday September 01, 2007 (00:40:13)   (5309 Reads)
As the end of June approached any hopes of seeing summer seemed to be fading into the waterlogged pitch - the day of our latest match dawning as so many days before it overcast and damp, with rain forecast on and off all day. Our opponents for this latest saga in the club's fledgling history were to be The Conservative Party from the UK, refreshed and recharged following the ending of the reign of Tony Blair, PM.

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After some jiggery-pokery with the starting time to accommodate the APARC Barbecue taking place later that evening (and bearing in mind that a failure to appear at that barbecue by the husbands of committee members was something akin to breaking wind in the face of the vicar, and therefore completely unacceptable I should add) the game was scheduled to start at 1pm. I am proud to announce that 14 players showed up for the CCC team - a record. Fortunately, 8 of these had even touched a cricket bat before, although for one the intervening 39 years since the last team he played could have been some hindrance to his technique. Our stalwarts were there early to help set up the pavillion and the chairs for the watching crowd, and the pitch itself looked in pretty good shape.

All we were missing were the opposition (how many times has that been said by the UK newspapers??). By 1.30pm the players and crowd (both of them, if you include Sue, the scorer) were getting restless so a decision was made. It was obvious that the opposition had not got the message about the early start, so would obviously appear for the original start time of 3pm. Rob decided that we should organise a little match amongst ourselves for practice. 7 versus 7 would have been ideal so how we managed to get 8 versus 6 was beyond me! This was only noticed after the first team batting ran out of batsmen and counted the number of fielders!

First team up was ably lead by Rob, our illustrious captain. Now far be it for me to suggest that the captain should know his players, but Rob managed to allow the opposing team to be made up of cricketers - whilst leaving his own team short of batsmen (other than himself), bowlers and fielders! This did lead to the match being a little one-sided! That said - there was definately some good cricket on show; Nick (the vic) had an annoying habit of bowling at the stumps which lead to him taking 3 wickets, whilst there was even a catch taken - something that I am not sure has been seen before from a CCC player!

So after 20 overs the first team (as in the first team to bat - not the first selection!) had scored 108. By this time it was also nearly 3pm, and there was still no sign of the Conservatives. Geoffry was dispatched to make enquiries as he had been given no contact numbers. He thought that they were possibly playing another team the following day so would try and contact them to find some news. With Geoffry gone it was safe to crack open the cakes and tea, once again ably supplied and served by Anna Karina and Alison. Despite the pavilion doing its best to impersonate a kite and blow away, the sandwhiches, cakes and warm tea went down a treat. With no sign of any proper opposition the inevitable could be postponed no longer and the team of real cricketers would have to begin their response.

Opening the batting were the two Nicks, both Shepherds in their own ways. These two are real sportsman and probably will be the first pick in any CCC XI for years to come. That said, scoring 40+ off the first 5 overs was definately not sporting and the less said about it the better! Failing to following Nick (the Vic's) lead and actually bowl at the stumps rather than a few yards either side of them meant there was little chance of actually getting anyone out! The target was duly reached with an over or two to spare, and it was great to see Jack Oakley and Max Shepherd carry their bats to score the winning runs - hopefully assuring the CCC of a great future.

Needless to say, the Opposition failed to appear at all, and there has still been no word as to what actually happened to them. They missed a great day in this superb setting for a cricket match - hopefully only until next year. The day was over by 5pm and the APARC Barbecue attended on time by all those whose prescence was required. Far from being a washout there was even a bit of sunburn spotted, although only on the neck of one of the umpires! It was also great to welcome the two Ross's and Jeremy for their first appearances, as well as seeing Nick J playing! Special mention should also go to Tris who managed to play despite not only having to get to the barbecue in the evening, but also only one day after moving house! I guess it was a tough choice for him...
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