A fantastic day today. A cricket match. This time, not the wine trade, but a church match, between two Twickenham based Anglican congregations. One large, one smaller. I was playing for the smaller.
It was a perfect day in Marble Hill Park, which is a beautiful location for cricket. Mid-20s Centigrade, with a blue sky. We felt lucky. 30 overs a side.
We bowled first, and I opened. We restricted them to a total of 167-8, which we were quite pleased with. My figures of 6-1-22-2 were OK, but would have been better without a couple of short-pitched deliveries that got hammered.
We began our response well, and at the half-way point were 80-1. But then we never accelerated, and their bowling attack was strong all the way through. I came into bat late on when 3 overs were left and 30-odd runs were required. I hit the first four balls for two each, but then hit a skier that was caught. Eventually we fell five runs short.
It was a really fun game, played in a good spirit. I had to umpire a good portion of our innings, and had three good LBW shouts to deal with. All three were missing leg, but it’s quite a hard call when it’s your own teammates.
We finished off with a refreshing pint of Twickenam Ales Sundancer in the crown – a superbly fresh, citrussy, hoppy brew.