Heartaches (06/09/2020) Aston Rowant
Result: Weekenders DREW
HCC: 255 for 4 dec. (37 overs)
Douglas 13–1-81-1, Sharma 10-2–47-1, Lyons 6–0-40-1, Hudson 5-0-38-0, Husaini 3-0-42-1
Whittome 79, Cohen 69, Knowler 52
WCC: 118 for 6 (33.4 overs)
T. Lyons 23, Laurie 13, Brockis 8, Hogben 30, Sharma 17 not out, Husaini 3, Douglas 0, J. Lyons 3 not out
DNB: Hudson, Smee, McCullum (injured)
Knowler 2-26, Glenn 2-12, D Waugh 11-5-20-0
Not quite the galácticos line-up of last year and played at Aston Rowant instead of Arundel Castle - but an enjoyable outing, by all accounts. Lengthy-crease occupation by Captain Cohen and Tim Whittome (eventually winkled out by Jules and Nas respectively) amassed an imposing target. New faces of local lad Knowler and Worcs Over-50s D. Waugh added extra bite with the ball. Toby & Dom started watchfully and Hoggers threatened a counter-attack, but it was eventually left to Bhuvan, aided by Jules and Husain, to secure the draw with an hour-long batting vigil.
As a queasy post-script, Hon Sec’s redoubtable Volvo estate wouldn’t start after the match, so he was towed home by a man volubly complaining of a troubled colon. Many of us have learnt that Chris abhors verbal diarrhoea on car journeys down the M40, but I suspect even this would be preferable to the actual kind.