2003 Tour Match Report - Bures Vs St. Georges

(Played at Harewood House) 14/06/03

Quite exceptionally good weather again for the second of our three tour matches, this a 40-over match. Mr. Slow, in the captain's chair, strode confidently to the wicket only to return with his tail between his legs having lost the toss and being faced with another hot afternoon in the field. But MS could not have hoped for better from his bowlers. The opening pair of McKenna and Cropper B. bowled frugally, the former completing his spell with a magnificent hat-trick! Sammy caught a brace at slip and the only blot on an otherwise faultless Bures fielding performance was a comical drop off a skier at mid wicket from the red-faced Mr. Slow himself! Mitch and Tom Cropper continued the agony for the opposition before Sammy weighed in with a pie or two at the end to give the St. George's total some respectability at 112 all out. Such scintillating strokeplay had its usual effect on Marc who excelled by even his own standards in sleeping on the boundary for the entire innings. However, he quickly came to life at the sound of the cork being withdrawn from the first bottle of Rioja at The Skipper's cheese and wine party (without the cheese), the first of four bottles I might add!

After a fine and substantial tea, the Bures reply did not start at all well! With three Croppers at the top of the order to confuse the scorers, Mr. Slow was disappointed to have them all back in the pavilion with only Tom making double figures. With Sammy bowled and Chunnoo caught the situation looked bleak but enter James Lee who struck the ball magnificently, scoring 62. Wise old heads Warden and Mitch saw Bures home in 35 overs. Another victory for Bures!

Bures bowling figures.....

Bowler Overs Runs Wickets
P. McKenna 7.1 6 4
B. Cropper 8 17 1
M. Slow 8 9 3
M. Mitchell 5 12 0
T. Cropper 6 28 2
L. Saer 4 21 0

Hat Trick! Mr. Slow presents Pat McKenna with the match ball after his hat-trick.

Man of the Match  - Patrick McKenna

Oh dear! Sammy Saer is bowled for a duck. Ouch!

Not the most auspicious  of replies from Bures!

Team Photograph - Bures Vs St. George's 14/06/03

Back (left to right) - Tom Cropper, Sammy Saer, James Lee, David Warden, Mitch Mitchell (yes, thank you Mitch, we CAN count to three!), Patrick McKenna, Mister Simpkin (Umpire) & Roger Chunnoo. Front - Alan Cropper, Lewis Chambers, Mr. Slow (Captain) & Ben Cropper.

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