However, as Pollington Snr and Pollington Jnr strode to the crease we felt confident of posting a competitive total. Tricky conditions and excellent opening spells from The Royal Engineers dampened our spirits somewhat, as the BB immediately fell to 0-2. Tom Pollington (37) and Phillip McCormack (Guest, 40) fought back valiantly, patiently guiding us to 84-3 at lunch. Brother Boucher's excellent unbeaten 50 - ably supported by a swashbuckling 18 from Brother Hill - then lifted the BB to a respectful 198-8 declared.
Superb spells from Pollington Jnr and McCormack put the Engineers under pressure, before Reuben Collingwood bowled a beautiful delivery to break the opening stand. Unfortunately for the BB, the sunshine arrived after tea, making it perfect batting conditions for the Royal Engineers. We were determined the make the run chase as difficult as possible, and I was proud of our fielding and bowling performance - highlighted by a wonderful catch from Brother Boucher as the game was nearing its end. Unfortunately for the BB, The Royal Engineers chased down the total with 10 overs to spare.
As usual, the game was played in a wonderful spirit. We must thank The Royal Engineers for their hospitality, which included post-match beers and pizza to help heal our wounds.