WCC v Boughton 25.9.22
WCC 112-9 (30 overs)
Boughton 113-5 (19.1 overs)
Lost by five wickets
The discovery of an old scorebook has revealed a mystery surrounding the result of the first game between our two clubs. It took place at Boughton’s old council rec ground on July 1st 1979. We were chasing 130 to win off 40 overs but for some reason play ceased with WCC on 123-8. The actor Julian Curry had just hit his own wicket to the bowling of Boughton’s Stanley Lebor (also an actor) and with six overs remaining actor Chris Coll was 14 not out while Clive Swift was undefeated at the other end on 1. We were a player short so this was a last-wicket stand. ‘Weather sunny’ it says in the scorebook and yet the game just stopped with both batters not out. An unspecified act of God perhaps? Or did a passing burger van irresistibly tempt the Weekenders’ thesps from the middle? Acting on a hunch, your correspondent googled what was on TV that night. Starting at 20.55 on BBC1 was ‘The Kitchen’ by Arnold Wesker with (and this may be significant) our dear late President in the role of ‘Frank’. Was there a difficult choice to be made between (a) knocking off the required 7 runs and (b) getting home in time for Frank’s first appearance?
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43 years and two months later the WCC squad arrived at the Lobster Shack promptly for an 11.30 start on the seafood in a way we never quite manage to achieve for a 1.30 start on the cricket. Undaunted by the price of native oysters (£4 a pop), we fell to ordering on the restaurant’s app with a kind of fierce concentration that also seems to elude us in the field.
We lost early wickets on a slow track which offered a fair bit of turn. With top guns Toby Lyons, Husain Husaini and Bhuvan Sharma back in the pavilion, we were 16-3. Joining Cooper at the crease after a far too long absence of ten years was Tim Chiari. Some of those years - but unfortunately not quite enough of them - were rolled back in a partnership of 23. At 50-7 Douglas joined Mikey Orwell to swat and scamper their way to 91. Meaty biffs from James Orwell were augmented by Joe McDonald, recently returned from duty at The Queue, and so the Weekenders’ doleful innings was laid to rest at 112.
Boughton set about their chase briskly and got home with ten overs to spare. Apart from a moment of supreme happiness for your correspondent after dismissing Curly Clayson for the first time since 1994, there was little to celebrate - unless you count the unalloyed joy of being back on this gem of a ground, a stupendous lunch and an afternoon spent laughing our heads off in the company of old friends. And since no one needed to get back early to watch themselves on telly we had a very pleasant couple of pints in the Three Horseshoes before setting off home.
WCC 112 for 9 (30 overs)
T. Lyons 3, H. Husaini 5, Sharma 1, Cooper 21, Chiari 8, McCallum 4, J. Lyons 1, M. Orwell 10, Douglas 15, J. Orwell 14, McDonald 5 not out
DNB - d’Inverno
C. Entwistle 2-11, Khuran 3-7,
Boughton CC 113 for 5 (19 overs)
Orwell 5–0-21-1, Sharma 4–0-25-1, Douglas 5-0-27-2, T. Lyons 3–0–20-1, M. Cooper 2-0-14-0
F. Entwistle 34 ret’d not out, A. Beck 26 not out
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