The Racqueteers v White Hunters
Thursday 16th July 2020.
After the Covid-19 delay, our 10th Anniversary Racqueteers’ season got underway on a perfect summer’s evening at the sublimely picturesque Brockwood Park ground, against the ever-affable White Hunters CC.
With all the necessary social distancing and sanitising guidelines being correctly observed by both teams, captain Mike F won the toss and elected to bat.
Opening with the Professor, a steady start was made with a couple of stylish boundaries from the skipper before he fell to a stumping for 14. The Professor played with patience and concentration – on what was a much slower and trickier wicket than normally encountered at Brockwood – to be the only Racqueteer to retire, with a quality 27. Some strong middle order stroke play from Kendall (16) and an excellent late 18 from the talented Tom Talks ensured a reasonable total of 108 was posted in our 20 overs.
In reply the White Hunters started positively with some hard hitting from their openers; after the first few overs – despite a lively and probing opening spell from Nick – our total looked a little light…
However, two extraordinary 4 over displays of accurate, quality bowling from the ever-reliable Chris, taking 4 wickets for only 10 runs, and Lawrence (Head of Salmon) with a brilliant and frugal 4 for only 6 runs ensured the exciting game gradually swung our way. Perhaps the most remarkable feat was the sublime catching of Charlie Talks who took 4 wonderful catches including 2 soaring and tricky chances deep in the outfield!
All round, a very satisfying and enjoyable 16 run win was recorded in dismissing the opposition for 92 and marking the Racqueteers return to action. Well played all!