The hot summer weather of the previous weekend seemed far away as our 4 senior teams prepared for action with League Champions Loughborough Town the visitors for the 1’s.
A terrible weather forecast overshadowed what is traditionally one of the biggest games of the season. As both teams gathered we all knew it would be one of those days where we were on and off the field all day.
The team showed 1 change from the previous week with Pedro in for departed Ram Ghuman.
Matt Craven had one job as captain, and he duly failed so we were asked to bat. The opening partnership of Craven and Greg Smith proceeded where they had left off the previous week and 40 runs were on the board without too many alarms.
Then the rain started and stopped, at regular intervals and Captain Craven epitomised the new club ethic by waving his bat towards the covers every time a dark cloud came and barking at the team to get ready for action. He then continued to build positive morale by watching the drenchings with Greg and PJ from the luxury of the dressing rooms. One shower turned in to a hail storm which was endorsed by Craven with the words “hail is better than rain because ground won’t get as wet.” Our sentiments exactly skip, and no need mention the hassle and pain we had just gone through whilst you stood there chatting to the Loughborough lads!
After an early tea PJ strode to the crease and played his first major innings in the green and gold colours in a display of hitting which is rarely witnessed in any game, let alone against the champions attack.
PJ was scoring so freely that 250 became a possibilityas he showed a particular fondness through and over extra cover. The field got moved so he’d hit it somewhere else and the innings closed on 211 after just 31 overs as another shower brought an end to our innings. Greg then helped put the covers on. Eight points in the bag was a great effort after being put in and then having the innings disrupted and reduced.
In response Driver continued his good form with 2 more wickets but when rain had the final say the lads had secured a big winning draw and maintained their good recent form against their rivals.