The Lord's Taverners v CLA Charitable Trust
As the ornate iron gates swing open you are met with one of those truly English views; a sweeping drive leading you through fields full of grazing sheep, and peeping out of the trees on the hill teasing glimpses of the country mansion.
Ragley Hall is the seat of the Marquess of Hertford, and it is with his support that the Taverners meet to take on the Country Landowners Charitable Trust, a first on both counts. The cricket ground nestles in the lee of the hill, picket fenced and looking a picture. The Taverners get to play at some of the nicest places, and this is no exception.
As is usual with Taverners games, 16 players two weeks before the game, and 8 three days before the game. We do get 11, including a sub in the shape (diminutive obviously) of the match manager. Neil Smith captained – Simon Francis, Paul Taylor, Neal Radford, Charlie Ross, Richard Trinder, Alex Avery, Ross Waiton (great to see the actors out in force) Nick Adams, Nick Hancock and Mike Tredgett with umpires Felix Francis and David Troughton and the golden voiced Peter Tomlinson commentating.
The Alcester and Ragley Cricket Club, whose ground it is, provided volunteers a plenty to ensure the smooth running of the day, although many had sore heads from their annual dinner dance the night before – and the marquee was still standing for the lunch and tea! At the start of lunch Felix kindly gave a welcome on behalf of the Taverners, responded to by Peter Geldart of the CLA and Neil introduced the team.
As a departure from the norm an auction was held during lunch as our master of the gavel, Charlie Ross had to fly to Scotland in the later afternoon, as usual he was on top form, selling items to Tarrant who was not there and gaining money from people who did not want to purchase a particular item...
The CLA X1 had some cricketers, some with their own grounds, and yes, the Taverners have been invited to have games at these!
At 66 for 6 the CLA looked in trouble, but a spirited fightback led by FitzHerbert , 66 no, and support from Goodwin 18, Cotterell 19, and Baker White 21, led to a final total of 188 all out off the 35 overs.
Simon Francis, off his long run up, returned figures of 6 overs 28 with 4 wickets. Paul Taylor – 4-7-2, with wickets for Mike Tredgett and Neil Smith. Charlie Ross bemused everyone with his googlies.
Opening the batting, Neal Radford (he was a bowler wasn’t he?) showed the cover drive to textbook standards reaching 51, and with Alex Avery 23, Richard Trinder 25, Ross Waiton 28, and Charlie Ross’ brother in law Nick Adams 12, all contributed to a sound Taverners victory 191-8 in the 32nd over. Milligan-Mawby 5 overs 39/3 and Baker White 4 overs 16/2 were the main wicket takers with Davenport and Bidwell taking one a piece.
Nick Hancock pulled something, but recovered after a nicotine pain reliever.
Many thanks to Alcester and Ragley Park CC for being such good hosts in what was a delightful day in stunning surroundings.
Original event details:
Venue: Ragley Hall, Warwickshire
Manager / Administrator: David Bussey
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