Our annual trip to the pace & bounce of the artificial wicket at Swanmore CC always seems to result in dramatic outcomes; this year was no exception…
Winning the toss we batted first in the 40 overs match.
We were soon under pressure as openers Don (on his Racqueteers debut) and Edmund both fell to catches behind the wicket.
When a brilliant slip catch also removed skipper Mike F (10) shortly followed by Tom W & the President, hopes of a big total appeared to diminish…
But the Racqueteers never give up and good lower order contributions from Charlie T (13), a confident cameo from Richard C (16) and defiant innings of 10 from both Tim N & Lawrence meant a respectable total of 96 was posted.
However, the ‘curse’ of the Swanmore slogger struck us again (rather like in 2017) as their unorthodox opener slammed our bowling to all corners of the park; in all honesty it couldn’t be called stylish!
Lively, probing bowling from the excellent Nick F removed the other Swanmore opener but our total was easily overhauled in rather quick time.
Whilst a disappointing result, we mustn’t forget that we posted a huge winning 274 on the same ground last year – this and our excellent 2019 summer were mulled over back at the Bricklayers Arms over a few drinks in the evening sunshine.
Roll on 2020 and another exciting & enjoyable Racqueteers season!