The Lord's Taverners v Enstone CC
Do not even mention the weather again; safe to say we double anchored the marquee just in case we ended up in a different county. The plus being that the gale force winds blew the black clouds and rain away from us.
This fixture, now in its third year is rather like old friends meeting up over a pint, oh it is!
This year we were fundraising for the Taverners and the local Lawrence Home Nursing Trust. There were one or two virgin Taverners for this game; Chris Tarrant (ably supported by Nurofen after a long night), David Troughton (umpiring duties), John Francis (ex-Somerset opener and there in an uncle capacity to), Miles Jupp (sorry that Strauss wasn’t there to continue their opening partnership) and Tim Munton (stalwart of everything!). They were all integrated to the relaxing atmosphere as quickly as possible with directions to the bar.
Sir Patrick Stewart spoke to us all, as honorary captain of Enstone and a Taverner his loyalties led him to hope for an honourable draw. He had to leave us for filming in Montreal and so his son Daniel, who plays for Enstone, was to uphold family honour. Sir Patrick has been unable to play in the last fixture and this one due largely to his commitments but also his insurers refusing to let him after hobbling out of our first fixture.
The Taverners batted first and solid contributions got them to 130 for 9 off their 30 overs. Paul Aldred 32, (not his age) John Francis 18, Chris White 25 and Chris Tarrant’s 45 minute stay for 13 (just what he wanted to clear the head). Simon Francis chipped in with a 10 ball 20 and hit the only six! Piers Myatt took four wickets, Will Speke and Graham Speke two apiece. Dan Stewart’s 3 overs only went for 8 to ensure the Stewart honour upheld.
In reply, post tea, Enstone lost regular wickets with Will Speke holding one end up throughout the innings, remaining undefeated on 67. The heavens opened with 4.5 overs remaining and a total of 102 for 5. Both sides claimed that they would have won, but remembering our friendships and also Sir Patrick’s wishes, an honourable draw was agreed. Simon Francis and Paul Aldred took two wickets a piece and Chris White chipped in with the other.
Managing to get as much cricket as we did was a minor miracle but we, as usual, had a great time, which was summed up by one of the Taverners: ‘ as usual a great day, sign me up to play for the next 10 years’ - Mind you that was at 9 pm in the bar. Very many thanks to all.
D R Bussey
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Venue: Enstone CC
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