Our annual visit to the hallowed turf of Meads, in the heart of the beautiful Winchester College, was only enhanced by having a longer afternoon fixture rather than the evening games of previous years.
Winning the toss and batting first, the two Mikes opened up and set a very positive platform both retiring with the skipper on an unbeaten 37 and the President also not out on 30.
Further stylish middle-order displays of impressive stroke-play from Paddy (32 not out) & Alex G (34 not out) kept the momentum going; Gaurav (12) and Kane (17) also added pressure to the College team as we posted a terrific 174-4 in our 24 overs!
Winchester College batted with aplomb from the start but we were steadfast and accurate nipping out key wickets at crucial times.
Two Talks – Tom & Lawrence on this occasion – bowled with great spirit and persistence (Tom claiming 2 wickets) and with skipper Mike F’s off-spin turning nicely (4 wkts for 23) on the fabulous Meads wicket, Racqueteers’ control was always maintained. A fiery 5 over spell for only 11 runs from Paddy completed a very satisfying 35 run win as we contained the College to 139 for 9 in their 24 overs.
Well played The Racqueteers, triumphant again on the most beautiful Winchester College ground!