Last year we had an incredibly exciting and memorable victory on the sublime Goodwood ground inflicting the only defeat of their season upon our hosts’
This year’s visit was somewhat less memorable….
As usual we batted first – an arrangement that allows our hosts to fire up the barbecue whilst they’re chasing – and after a good start with both skipper Mike F and the returning Kendall both getting retired on 25, we lacked some punch in the middle order and despite some lusty blows from Harry T in the final overs, a disappointing 111 was posted in our 20 overs.
In reply, Goodwood batted well from the start and – despite a fiery opening spell from Paddy supported by excellent glove work behind stumps by Gaurav – too many boundaries flowed. Goodwood never really looked in any trouble & we weren’t at our best with the ball (greatly missing the metronomic accuracy of our injured President) as the target was reached without loss in the 12th over.
Our disappointment was somewhat tempered by another excellent Goodwood barbecue with local burgers & ales; The Racqueteers will undoubted bounce back strongly on our annual foray into Sussex next season!