Bures v Edwardstone – 13/09/2020

Sadly the last report of the season has come upon us far too soon it seems. After the beating of the previous week, a strong Bures side was put out to hopefully end things on a high note. However, the strength on paper was slightly tempered by a collective hangover which half the team turned up with, having attended various different get togethers before the “rule of 6” began.

Adam K and George E began the proceedings, with some accurate bowling from Adam and a slightly more mixed bag from George, who seemed to have forgotten the length of the pitch. Nevertheless, it was George who struck first with an early wicket, but then the next two Edwardstone batsmen got stuck in and put a fine stand of 70 together. The captain, Charlie E then came up with the remarkable words, “I’d like to see if the pitch is taking spin” and asked the Chairman to bowl. The Chairman pointed out that as he has never spun the ball we were unlikely to learn much from this approach. However, Charlie E from one end and the Chairman from the other kept things tight and each of them removed one of the established batsmen, and suddenly we were through to a rather long tail. The captain, in his inimitable style, realised the situation and then proceeded to call on every member of the side to have a bowl, Harry W and Charlie K, both taking their fist wicket for Bures. Edwardstone somehow stumbled to a total of 167, which we hoped was eminently achievable. 

And achievable it turned out to be, and for once with barely a hiccup. Will M opened up with Charlie E and once again batted beautifully, eventually misjudging a straight one to be bowled for 28. It is only a matter of time before he hits a really big score. The Chairman then joined Charlie E, and finally managed to put bat to ball, dealing principally in boundaries. In fact, this partnership took us to within touching distance of the target, with Charlie hitting a fine 55 and Cracey 72 not out. Rupert T then came in to finish things off, and to increase his impressive batting average with another not out.

So a victory by 8 wickets to round off the season and off to the pub to celebrate. George E, who had finally seen off his hangover, suddenly livened up, whilst the Captain and Chairman had relapses, and so the proceedings wound up slightly sooner than normal.