The Racqueteers v Catus CC: 7/9/19.
We assembled on a glorious Saturday afternoon in early September to the lovely Holt ground to host our first ever touring overseas team – Catus CC, all the way from south-west France!
We’d combined with Andy Mills’ Rioteers for the day, playing under the moniker of ‘The Rioting Racqueteers’ and, having won the toss, skipper Mike F elected to bat first in the 30 over-a-side contest.
We started well with both Mike F & Gaurav retiring at 26 & 25 respectively at the top of the order; great support later in the innings from Paddy (16 not out) and some super strokes from Tim N (18 not out) ensured an excellent total of 171 was posted.
Between the innings we were treated to a fabulous & delicious ‘al fresco’ tea – surely the finest of the summer – kindly prepared by our esteemed President.
Wickets fell regularly during our French visitors’ reply with Paddy taking a wicket in an accurate opening spell accompanied by a terrific display of left-arm spin bowling from Andy M who took 3 wickets. Whilst our total always looked a little too much for Catus, they kept going on a turning wicket. Jules bowled a very controlled spell of leg spin and with skipper Mike F’s off spin taking the final two wickets, a comfortable 40 run victory was completed.
We all made our way to The Milbury’s for a drink with our most affable visitors who go on to play The White Hunters tomorrow – we hope our cricketing paths cross another year!
Bien joué The Rioting Racqueteers!