EYMET vs LYNCHMERE, Sunday 7th October
What could possibly happen today after the fireworks of the last three games? Eymet welcomed the historic Lynchmere club from Sussex where cricket has been played for 200 if not 250 years.
After a long recuperation, David Horlock returned to captain the side. Yet another toss won and in went the Eymetois led by Azizul and Enayet. It was too much to ask, a repetition of the previous weeks, and the old Eymet curse returned – ‘the collapse’. Some rain had fallen and the batters found it difficult to adjust to the slower conditions and the increasingly wet ball. Both openers disappeared promptly, as did Parneet. David played resolutely for a while but was then caught and bowled playing too early. By now Eymet were 32 for 4 off 9 overs – positively snail’s pace compared to previous Sundays. Things were enlivened by Lynchmere’s on tour antics, which included a cap with a rude word for general misbehaviour, a pink shower cap for dropped catches, and a string of onions to be worn by anyone guilty of bad fielding. After some stern defence, Richard Brown followed David with the score on only 39. Nigel Jones came in to join Adnan who had been granted a ‘rest’ down the order after his record-breaking feats. Lynchmere were probably expecting an early cup of tea by this stage. Big mistake! Adnan was soon in the mood. Pugh, who had removed Richard and was bowling well, made the mistake of pitching in Adnan’s ‘drop zone’. As the bowler complained that the ball would have hit off stump, the very same ball sailed over the road soon followed by two others. Nigel stroked a couple of attractive boundaries but mainly watched as Adnan smashed the bowling around – 12 sixes this week. However, it became increasingly harder after some light drizzle; the ball became wet and heavy and Adnan and Nigel had to run (God forbid!). Nigel was caught going for a big hit, having contributed 28 of a partnership of 130 with the brutal Adnan. Numan came and went and Ahmed Jewel helped Adnan to the end of the 35 overs. In all he made 135 not out off only 78 balls with Eymet closing at 224 for 7.
After a delicious tea, Lynchmere replied facing Tim Chancellor and the ‘wobblers’ of Roland Marshall. Tim removed Bailey caught Ahmed almost immediately and Roland had Hedges caught by Parneet in his second over. The Eymet boys were delighted with Lynchmere’s props and the onion string had followed them onto the pitch. Without mentioning names, it got to hang around 4 or 5 necks during the innings. Richard Brown then vied with David for the slip catch award as he clung onto a low chance from Cain off the mesmeric bowling of Tim ‘The Mongoose’ Chancellor. Lynchmere were stuttering at 18 for 3 off 8. Forde could bat a bit and hit some lusty blows as he and Spencer took the score to 40. But Roland struck again as Enayet held Forde. Change bowlers Ahmed and Parneet then accounted for the next 3 batsmen but not before Saulet had given a lesson in straight driving, stroking an attractive 51 before edging to Adnan off Parneet. Smelling blood David called for Numan and Nigel to finish off the tail. To their credit, Lynchmere resisted gamely. For the very last delivery, Numan was slipped one of the onions by their umpire. The fast onion was well defended by Cain into the leg-side but exploded into a thousand pieces. Lynchmere finished with 122 for 7. Another side put to the sword by Adnan. Many thanks to those who umpired, scored, made the teas, and to our sponsors The Pizzeria, Café de Paris, Danelander and Aquitaine-Info.
RESULT: Eymet win by 102 runs
EYMET 224 for 7 off 35 (Adnan Mohammed 135*)
LYNCHMERE 122 for 7 off 35 (Saulet 51, Parneet Sigh 2-6 T.Chancellor 2-16, R. Marshall 2-31)
EYMET: D.Horlock (capt), Azizul, Enayet, Parneet, R.Brown, Adnan, N.Jones, Numan, Ahmed Jewel, R.Marshall, T.Chancellor.