Boughton CC (05/05/2019)
WEEKENDERS ENTER PARALLEL UNIVERSE PLAYING AGAINST THEMSELVES (BUT STILL CAN’T WIN)
WCC 203 for 6 (32 overs)
Shimoga 30, Leal 100 ret’d out, Brockis 13, Cooper 12, McCallum 0, Sharma 2 not out., Douglas 6, Orwell 4, Lee 6 not out
DNB - Hudson
Curling 2-39, Hargroves 2-32
Boughton 88-6 (32 overs)
Clayson 41, Battersby 25, McDonald 3, Hargroves 2, Smee 2 not out
Douglas 10-3-14-4, Orwell 6-1-11-0, Hudson 6–0-27-0, Sharma 5–0-17-0, Shimoga 5-2-7-2,
Catches: Shimoga, Lee, McCullum
Man of the Match Andrew Leal
Boughton had given warning of team-raising difficulties but Skipper d’Inverno was not to be denied his Lobster Shack tryst. In recent years, the social media coverage of the pre-match feast has been so good that 14 players were enticed to the Kent coast for this fixture. This year, windswept deckchairs, groaning seafood platters and buttery chins were all gleefully depicted on Whatsapp.
This surfeit of players allowed four ‘Enders to join Boughton, who numbered only five. President Smee, Dr David Hargroves and Joe McDonald, all crossed the floor to play for Boughton, more than evening-up the sides. However, the sight of Captain d’Inverno skippering another team against the Weekenders made this fixture feel like an episode from the Twilight Zone.
The Weekenders batted first, with Shimoga and Leal expertly negotiating a two-paced pitch with some eccentric bounce. Shimoga was triggered LBW by one of his mates, despite a feathery inside edge, leaving Leal to accumulate patiently with Brockis. President Smee took a smart catch at slip to dismiss Cooper off the bowling of Hargroves (!), as the quirky pitch made attack difficult. Not for Leal, who accelerated from a watchful fifty to a superb, brutal ton in fourteen scoring shots.
In response, Boughton opened with Des Shaw and the Met’s finest, Joe McDonald. However, Douglas was in irresistible form, sending the top-four batters packing for just eight runs. The wise old owl put the ball on the spot and let the pitch do the rest; bowling two, and providing a sharp slip catch to Lee. An archaeological dig in a Boughton kitbag revealed Duggo was bowling at some of the same Boughton batsmen 36 years ago, casting him as an eternal warrior in an unending contest.
Curly Clayson and Mike Battersby dug in to restore some dignity to the score with a partnership of over 60, but Shimoga terminated the resistance with some brisk seam-up and a one-handed catch by McCullum. Boughton secured the draw with stout defence by our very own Tony Smee brandishing a ‘barely-there’ Mongoose bat.
The hosts treated us to a delicious BBQ as a vintage fixture drew to a close.