Cranborne is a lovely village and the cricket ground is a very nice place with a very good clubhouse. The emergency helicopter on the ground was sadly not there for demonstration purposes as it emerged a Cranborne club member had died of a heart attack that morning. The weather was to prove very changeable.
We batted first and started steadily. Pete was caught very well in the gully. Steve and Webbo (returned to the fold) guided us to about 70 off 20 overs as Cranborne bowled very well. Steve was injured and skip Tom acted as runner. Webbo then provided an exhibition of batting as the bowling eased before he retired feeling dizzy. Luke experienced the full swing of cricket as he was run out without facing. Skip Tom scored provided some quick runs at the end.
Tea was good.
We started bowling in the rain and their openers came hard at us. Shaz, in particular, struggled to grip the ball prompting an early introduction for Luke. The rain stopped and on a drying pitch Nuggsy ran amok whilst Luke bowled with real control. 40/0 off 4 turned to 60/7 off 13. At this point skip Tom made the understandable (and right) decision to rotate the bowling to ensure all tourists got some action. Gradually Cranborne got back into the game despite a good spell from Shaz. All would have been OK if Nuggsy had not done a fine impression of statue at cover to fail to snare the no 9 just after the Cranbourne skip came in at no 11 in civvies (normally an opening bat but he was a neighbour to the heart attack victim so had undestandbly had other priorities earlier in the day). Their skip then proceeded to swat the ball out of the ground during a seriously impressive innings. Webbo bowled really well to contain the hitting sufficiently as the rain descended again that the game went to the last ball where John Hill dropped a tough chance at cover.