With the weather again doing it’s best to ruin another day of cricket, Astons Cricket Club went ahead with the Village Cricket Day regardless, switching to a Double Wicket Competition, which was well contested by all, with Rhys Griffiths and young Austin Driver-Jones coming out victorious.
With reduced numbers and the threat of further rain, the format of the day was changed to a double-wicket competition. For those of you unfamiliar with the format, essentially you bat in a pair for a set amount of overs, in this case six, and every time you lose your wicket, you lose five runs, but you carry on batting. You also score runs via catches and wickets, and the pairing that accrues the most aggregate runs wins.
See the attached Scorecard to see the finer details of the day, but here’s a quick summary of the day’s highlights:
• Jim Dean wiping out the Umpire’s pint on the very first ball of the day (though he had bought the pint for him so all is forgiven Jim)!
• Bungle’s mahoosive six over the trees and into the field.
• The Rocky Road cakes that Simon’s wife generously provided.
• Various people’s comedic struggles in running between the wickets in the slippery conditions, with Simon, Rob and both Driver-Jones boys putting in some YBF-worthy tumbles.
• Jim Dean’s fielding in general – a born entertainer.
• Austin Driver-Jones diving catch charging in from point.
• The all-round standard of bowling and fielding, in tricky conditions.
• Nick’s all-round batting power.
• Rhys’ last over hitting which ultimately won them the title.
Thanks to everyone who came along during the day, and especially those who helped out with the running of the day, notably Gibbo, Heather, Steve Smith and Nick. I’m pretty sure everyone involved enjoyed the format and the spirit in which the game was played, hopefully next year the sun will shine a bit more and we can get even more people from the village involved.