Bures & District Cricket Club
Norfolk Tour - 6th/7th/8th May 2005
(Report by The Skipper, with embellishments and non-factual tittle-tattle from Mr. Slow)
The George Hotel at Cley-next-the-Sea was the team base for Bures Norfolk Tour. The team got off to a good start in the Kings Arms, Blakeney on Friday evening, followed by dinner at The George. That place has a chef who certainly knows his way round a kitchen; delicious grub. Following a hearty grill, the team assembled on Holkham Beach on Saturday morning and enjoyed the bracing sea air with attendant sub-zero temperatures and catastrophic wind-chill. Lunch was taken at the Nelson at Burnham Thorpe, a good find with excellent beer and a delicious lunch. This place is reminiscent of the Low House at Laxfield, and one that warrants a return visit.
Holkham Hall provided a stunning setting for the Saturday match, the ground lying between the Deer Park and the Palladian mansion with a lake to one side. A 2.00pm start at Holkham attracted the team away from their beer but with rain clouds lingering and showers over lunch, the prospects of play looked less than encouraging. Holkham were however conscious of our desire to play and given the fact that some of their team had travelled further than us, wickets were pitched. Bures won the toss and invited Holkham to bat. Equipped with umpire Maley, spectators including a brace of Davies and Nortons together with a recuperating Hartley, Bures kept Holkham to 80 off 30 overs for the loss of 5 wickets. This was largely due to some accurate bowling from Damien Elliott (3 wickets), and some surprisingly containing deliveries including 7 overs from Sammy Saer, who completed his 1969 association with the place! Following an early tea and a further excursion to the wicket, rain stopped play and Bures retreated for beer at The Victoria. Following several pints, Messrs. Logans, Messent and Chambers L. retreated to The George for supper, whilst the rest of the team feasted on fish & chips at Wells prior to further beer at Cley. The scene was now set for some serious refreshment at The George with great entertainment from the Logan cabaret.
Some sore heads the next day (well, I *am* surprised - Ed.), apart from Chris Ayers who had had the foresight to volunteer as a driver on Saturday evening! Sandringham's ground was duly located nestled beyond Park House surrounded by woodland, and lunch taken at the Anvil at Congham....... an unusual pub but one that provided the necessary ballast and refreshment. The team were a bit nervous about the size of the cucumber sandwiches at Sandringham, so no risks were taken. Captain McKenna invited Sandringham to bat and following some rain interruption, Sandringham declared at 90 for 9 and tea was taken. Bures took the crease with Messrs. C Ayers and Lee, the former being returned to the Pavilion after the second delivery.... a faultless swing across the line, but sadly the delivery was straight! The rain clouds arrived and play was abandoned with Bures at 20 for 2. Beers were taken at the Feathers at Dersingham and also a quick pint at The Victoria, whilst passing Holkham. The remainder of the team dined at The George and completed the day with wine and beer reflecting on a most enjoyable weekend where as usual, social aspects overshadowed the cricket itself!
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