Saturday, June 04 2016
at The Hurlingham Club
BB - 302-6 dec
Hurlingham - 217-9
On a cloudy morning at the Hurlingham, a strong BB XI assembled to take on a youthful home side. The deck had a greener tinge than usual in this idyllic corner of south west London, however big runs were still expected as the BB were asked to bat first after losing the toss.
However big runs looked in danger as a combination of fine bowling, loose strokeplay, and some surprisingly hasty finger-work from the local umpire saw the BB reach a speedily compiled, yet perilous 133-6. As the saying goes though, cometh the hour cometh the men, this time in the shape of Brothers Norwood-Hill and Churchill. A sparkling 7th wicket stand of 169 followed, either side of a rosé fuelled lunch, allowing Brother Bruce to declare on an imposing 302-6, Churchill having just reached an excellent century and Hilly carefully safeguarding his average with 66 red.
The BB took to the field with energy and enthusiasm, and Meredith struck a couple of early blows, finding bounce and movement with the new cherry. A swift half-century from the surviving opener gave the Hurlingham hope of a successful chase, before the #4 made an early, and highly tedious decision to play for the draw. The game looked to be drifting towards a frustrating conclusion with the BB needing 7 wickets with only 9 overs remaining. However the returning Robinson removed the aforementioned limpet, Munton varied flight and pace quickly accounting for a string of victims, and Meredith grabbed another brace, one courtesy of a magnificent catch by stand in ‘keeper Bruce. Sadly, with 10 Brethren crowded round the bat, the final pair clung on for the last nine deliveries and the Hurlingham Club escaped with a draw. Many of the team retired to the bar to discuss the day’s highlights over jugs of pimms, before taking the ill-advised, yet highly enjoyable path onwards to The Ship, and the Clapham Grand.”
|Friendly Hurlingham Club v Band of Brothers|
|Saturday, June 04 2016 (09:42) at Hurlingham|
|Hurlingham Club won toss and decided to field|
|Band of Brothers|
|Weather: Cloudy Pitch: Hard|
|Umpires: S Glass & D Meredith|
|Scorers: DJ Gittings & M Barnett|