The pub lunch at the Falcon that inevitably precedes this game always sets up the afternoon well, and the ground itself is one of the more pleasant we play at during the year. All of this should therefore make for a very entertaining afternoon of cricket. The game was certainly played in a friendly and relaxed spirit, but unfortunately this was not to be a vintage Methigion performance.
The opposing captain was keen on a 40 over match, but we eventually settled on 30 overs. The former suggestion was perhaps a tad over optimistic as Methigion only managed to hold on for 27 overs. The wicket was very slow with some extremely interesting bounce (or lack of it). Widdison, Patwardhan and Van Hoorn were the pick of the batsmen with 11, 11 and 15 respectively and the rest of the batsmen didn’t exactly cause the scorers pen to run out of ink! A total of 58 from our overs seemed just a little behind the mark to say the least.
It would appear that the way to play this wicket is to ensure that the ball does not go anywhere near the ground before going over the rope. It looked like their opening bat was intent on showing us this with every ball that we bowled however some nifty fielding and a couple of fine catches from Patwardhan and Widdison saw a glimmer of hope for Methigion as wickets started to fall. Alas, it turned out the target we had set was woefully short of the mark as they got the required runs with only 10 overs gone. The pick of the Methigion bowling was Arumugam with 3-11 from 2 overs.
The ever optimistic ex-skipper Gripper summed up our performance with the observation that if only we had scored 40 more runs and then taken a few more wickets, it might have been a closer game!
Still a fun afternoon and lets face it, our results can only improve from here – bring on the Australian ringer on Tresco, that’s what I say!