Wednesday 27th April – Consultants v GPs – Curry in Truro after at the Ganges
Posted by Captain Bobby
The first game of the season, with encouraging pre-season interest, got under way on a very dry pitch with the GPs batting first after some nervous moments when we were a little short of kit. In an astonishingly inept tactical blunder I managed to negotiate away 3 players to the Gp’s, and then took to the field with only 9 Consultants and a GP support fielder after several last minute no shows! A gritty opening stand between Howe and Tiley put good runs on the board, with the usual series of missed catches and run out opportunities that we know and love from Methigionites along the way. The fearsome toy bat of ex-skipper Gripper however provided more mirth than runs on this occasion. Dave F batted well too in the middle order for 19, before a run acceleration by the “less old” pair of White and Shaw at the end saw a respectable total of 89 being posted to chase. All bowlers did well, and everyone did bowl, but Evans with 2 for 5 off 3 probably the pick of the bunch – although this will probably leave him with a need for a steroid prescription to deal with the whole body arthritis induced by such exertions.
The run chase started well with Upton and Widdison, and a great 36 from Adam meant the game was in the balance throughout despite some tight GP bowling. A fantastic catch in the deep by Will Howe however ended his run and was probably the death knell for us. Wickets fell steadily until yours truly came in at number 9 as the last batsman – 9 off 6 needed. Time for a Captain’s innings?? Harry promptly ran me out without facing a ball!! Vinod, Aru’s son, says this is know as a “ruby duck”. Whatever it is Dalton is fielding silly square leg and batting 11 for the rest of the season! OK, maybe I should have run faster, but I think he is still trying to get revenge from the day I ran him out from the boundary as a junior doctor many years ago!
So, a fun start to the season, with a deserved win to the GPs. Lets hope some of the batting and bowling form continues.