Bures Cricket Tour 2007
to The Skipper for the report - how did he remember so much?)
advance party set off from The Bures Swan at 2.00pm on Friday 6th
July. Good progress was made to allow a beer at The Crescent Hotel bar at
6.30pm; the Skipper’s car with Big Pat, Si & Chris was alcohol free but
Jim Lee & his entourage of Fenners, Sibboe, Phil & Pilgy took the
precaution of having beer in the car (4 cases of premium lager). Nick Sibbons
won the first accolade of the weekend in recognition of being drunk when he
arrived at Ilkley, eyes rolling and words slurring. He was put to bed fairly
quickly but kept reappearing like a nasty itch. Eventually the hotel chef found
him rolling on the first floor landing, in and out of consciousness he was put to
bed and thankfully did not appear again until the morning.
rest of the team including Chris & Si Ayers, Pat McKenna, Chris Chambers,
Mark Fenwick, Phil Moore, Robert Pilgrim and Jim Lee tucked into creamy northern
beer and some acceptable lagers. Dinner was sacrificed in favour of extra
drinking time in the knowledge that Turkish dishes would be available later . .
. . .much, much later!
making notes on an hourly basis some of the detail is a little hazy to recall;
my recollection is that two further Ilkley pubs and a Turkish counter were
visited before returning to the Crescent Hotel for a 1.00pm nightcap. After the
staff had finally evicted non-residents the team was permitted a final tipple
which for some reason became elongated to the extent of the final three
departing at 3.40am. A good effort from Peanut, 2.30am Thursday, 3.40am
Friday…..what would Saturday bring?
fairly predictably Saturday brought hangovers and the hope of thunderstorms
which did not materialize. A departure was made to The Hunters Inn at Weeton
& Huby for lunch, which was dismissed in favour of another pub closer the
ground. Due to adverse weather our venue was changed to the
a quick couple of pints at The Crescent before a shower and change turned out to
be a few more, eventually the team emerged for bar drinks with the arrival of
Robert Chambers and Nigel & Sarah Norton. These three supporters with Dave
Warden took the sensible option of an Ilkley curry whilst Jim Lee rallied the
team to depart for the Albert. Si Ayers demonstrated that he has not lost his
powers of seduction pulling a grey haired Ilkley lass. Next stop the Rose &
Crown, beer, more beer, Vodka, Tequila slammers and then the Shoes. Yes, cream
pointed shoes, probably hand made which became the focus of amusement. First
Chris Ayers, a bit like a penguin and then the Skipper, probably showing them to
their full potential with colour co-ordinated trousers. Later they were split up
and eventually, along with other shoes, returned to their rightful owners.
Escape Bar followed The Rose & Crown and whilst quiet on arrival, this place
was to prove our saviour. We soon introduced ourselves to Yar from
was part of Saturday and Saturday part of Friday but hangovers had to be
carefully put to one side to concentrate on cricket against the Olicanian
Striders. The less hungover explored Ilkley Moor whilst Jim, Sibbo & Fenners
when off for a spin to rock climb at the Cow & Calf. The team assembled for
lunch at the Crescent at 12.00, essential ballast for those that missed
we arrived at the Ilkley ground the heavens opened but the Striders had the
forethought to use covers so we were game on. The team was treated to an
inspiring and motivational speech by Big Pat, emphasizing the importance of
effort with candid reference to Churchill in 1940, Henry V at Agincourt and
Nelson at Trafalgar……bulldog spirit was required, chin up and strength of
Skipper lost the toss and not unsurprisingly the Striders elected to bat; but
they struggled against an accurate and steady bowling attack from Big Pat
(13 overs 2 wickets 21 runs) Jim chipped in with 2 wickets and the Skipper
5 for 25. There was some brilliant fielding, good catches and the Striders were
back in the pavilion all out for 79 after 25 overs. Not bad considering
opened proceedings with Dave Warden and
similar routine was to follow, the Albert and then The Star for Sunday evening
Karaoke. With backs to the bar the Wigmeister gave two choral renditions of
modern pop music before losing his shirt, saved by a King Charles Spaniel who
gave him his fleece. Pizzas, Kebabs and Burgers were the nightcap and the
weekend drew to a close.
good time by all with some very funny moments…..EVERYONE played a
part in that….it’s a team game!
what about next year, do I sense a change in the air?
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