Straggled over from Kent for fun Weekend
With your favourite hack off arbitrating it falls to me Stan Dynhaque doing his best to aquaint you with the to-ings and fro-ings at Stade Bretou on the visit of the first touring side of the season.
It was forecast to be well into the 30's for the day when the team from Kent, a group of itinerant players, average age in the low 20's, and 4 elder statesmen supporters arrived at Bretou. Many stories abounded about their 2 matches against Damazan the previous days together with encounters with an angry group of Algierians in a bar in Bergerac and females of dubious intent at le Windsor. Those of you who frequent said nightclub may have seen them.
The Eymet side had been assembled with a 74 year old, a 14 year old making his initial first team appearance, a potential new player trying out having been laid up since a major operation, and the returning Robert Pearce, who has spent some time helping to build a school in Myanmar. Eymet were invited to bat and Eloquent Ed and Azizul, the diminutive from 3F in Bergerac, took their place at the wicket. Ed faced the new ball from Smallwood J and managed a single off the 3rd ball. Azizul swished a bit and was adjudged LBW off the third ball he faced, with the 5th ball of the over a wide, this made Eymet 2 for 1 off of 5 balls. Tim Chancellor (in nose bleed territory ) followed at 3 and he and Ed pushed and nudged along for another 8 overs when Mitchell trapped Chancellor for 13 (unlucky for Tim), 26 for 2. Numan came in, with the visitors make much noise about “New Man (Numan) in” and he and Ed continued to progress. A notable point in the 15th over being a no ball from Simpson being smacked for 6, ie 7 runs off the ball. It was the 19th over when Numan went for a big hit off Tapp which was falling short of the boundary and Smallwood J took the catch after a bit of a juggle. Numan out for 18 and the score 69 for 3. The visitors were wilting in the heat so drinks were taken mid-over and the next ball Ed touched to the wicketkeeper Smallwood A, out for 31, still 69 but for 4. Paul (the greyhound) Bradford had replaced Numan and Owais came in for Ed. It was not long before, having called for a second run, Paul realised a 74 year old can't run like a 17 year old and was run out. 83 for 5. Nigel joined Owais and brisk scoring followed over the next 7 overs until Nigel, repeating the shot of Numan, was caught in the deep by Smallwood J off Tapp for 29, but the score had moved on to 136 for 6. Richard (a bit rusty) Stevens stayed for 4 overs whilst Owais continued to score well but Richard was also run out chasing to keep the score going in the penultimate over. 152 for 7. Parmeet, another new 3F player, managed to score 1 during the few balls left and Owais was bowled by Smallwood J off the last ball for 58, as he was trying to get just a few more on the board. Eymet 163 for 8 in 35 overs.
During tea the full story of the night out at le Windsor emerged. Two Stragglers, the last to return, could not remember the code to get back into the hotel so slept in the foyer. In addition a few had played 'jump the fountain' in Bergerac centre and one had 'missed'. The resulting bruising and scratches covered the left side of his torso. The follies of the young!
Stragglers wanted to let all their tourists have a bat so those who had not yet done so were promoted up the order. Attwood faced Nigel with Simpson at no 2. No heroics with the bat, but in the 4th over Robert Pearce bowled Simpson for 2, he was replaced by Tapp. The next ball was a wide and the following one smacked to the hands of Numan at mid wicket, Tapp out for 0, score 10 for 2 off 4 overs. Pearce 2 for 6 (3 off the bat!). Lark followed and in Pearce's next over he was caught by Owais for 3, and, batsmen having crossed, had Attood caught by Parmeet for 16. 22 for 4. Pearce 4 for 16. In the very next over Nigel got Snape to edge one to slip where the Horlock took the sharpest of 'Dolly' catches, out for 0. Score 28 for 5. With Mitchell and Reese, the captain, now at the crease the batsmen were clearly of better experience. The Horlock turned to Numan and Chancellor to bowl and it took 5 overs to get Mitchell out lbw to Chancellor for 22, 48 for 6. Smallwood J took over his place and the debutant, Cameron Jones son of Nigel, took over from his dad. Scoring was going ok when in Cameron's third over there was the heart stopping moment, at least for his dad. The ball was struck high in the air by Reese about 15 yards to the right of where Nigel was fielding near the boundary. As the ball dropped, all that was in Nigels mind was the bragging rights in the Jones household for the coming week. The ball was falling inside the boundary and he still had yards to make up to get there.Sheer panic drove him and he clung on! Reese caught Jones bowled Jones for 5. Score 77 for 7 in the 19th over. Drinks followed and Smallwood J and Smallwood A pushed the score along a bit faster. Parmeet, Chancellor and Owais all had a go to get them out but the stand continued until Chancellor tempted Smallwood J to go for another big one which again fell into the hands of Nigel, less effort this time. Out for 46 and score had moved to 142 for 8 in the 29th over. Tennant replaced Smallwood J and was able to support Smallwood A to the score of 168 for 8 in the 32nd over. Stragglers win by 2 wickets.
At post match drinks the Stragglers awarded their Champagne Moment trophy to Owais for his excellent 58 and somehow producing 20 omelettes of various fillings, all at the one time on the Friday evening.
Eymet 163 for 8, O Muhammad 58, E Nicolson 31, N Jones 29. Tapp 3 for 43
Shepway Stragglers 168 for 8, Smallwood J 46, Smallwood A 45, Mitchell 22. Pearce 4 for 17
Many Thanks to Andrew Cardle for being the 'home' umpire and Sarah and Maggie for looking after the tea.