Excellent News from Oakham but a Bad Day at Taunton
Under 14’s are confirmed as National Champions
Congratulations to the Under 14 team – National Champions 2011.
I will be doing a special Blog when I return home and get all the details of the Semi-Final success against Norfolk, and the Final victory against Devon. I know both were comprehensive wins. Today in the Final we reached a total of 200 for 5 at the end of our 45 overs. Tuna scored 58 and Joe 52. Devon were bowled out for 78. I have not had any information about who took the wickets.
I do know that Lenny wants an open topped double decker bus for the victory parade. I still think that the critical game was the one at Sefton Park when Brysie and Yours Truly, aided and abetted for a while by Redders, masterminded the last ball victory against Cheshire.
Here at Taunton we faced Surrey on Pitch 6, which is some distance from the main building and rather small. The weather was threatening as Surrey batted first. They made a rapid start rattling up near to 100 without losing a wicket. We fought back and picked up four wickets with Ravi taking three. The rains then arrived getting heavier and heavier. Play was stopped at Pitch 1, then Pitch 2, then Pitch 3, then Pitch 4 – but it continued on Pitches 5 and 6. We bowled 15 overs in very heavy rain – the ball was like a piece of soap, and Surrey headed towards 200. Then the umpires decided it was raining too hard and off came the teams.
The Heaton family escaped into Taunton as PJH had messed up his iPhone and needed to see the O2 technicians. Having had his mobile equipment revitalised we found a chippy and ate in.
On return to the College play had recommenced (although it was still raining) and we did well to limit the Brown Caps to 213. The Surrey opener had failed to score in their first two matches but notched a century with the next to final ball. Well done young man.
On Pitch 6 this was a score which was within our capabilities – but the wicket which had received a lot of rain, and continued to do for the rest of the afternoon, was now much more bowler friendly. When you then have some very good bowlers, including a first rate left arm spinner, you know what to expect.
The Lancashire early batsmen had a bit of nightmare and at one stage it looked like we would struggle to reach 50. We eventually were dismissed for 115 in the 41st over after a last wicket stand between Lewis Dove and Owen Feakes. As the game finished the rain was still falling.
As is often said in the game of cricket – forget today and look forward to tomorrow. The problem is that I have seen the forecast.
There were one of two amusing incidents today but one was outstanding. You may remember in one of my early Blogs I referred to the fact that the Manager and Coach of our Under 12 team reminded me of Batman and Robin. Well today at the height of the afternoon excitement Batman fell asleep. I have been reliably informed that there are explicit photographs available of this said incident. If I can afford to pay the extortionate sums being demanded for these revealing pictures I will let you see them in future blogs.
Today I took Super Supporter Helen to the station in Taunton for her to return home for an important Rounders Match at Greenmount CC. It was important to help avoid finishing in a lowly place in the League. Her devotion to the team was outstanding but the result alas was not – defeat by an innings and plenty.
She would have been better staying and enjoying a team barbecue at the Swan at Kingston, just outside Taunton. The rain had ceased, the grub was good and the team spirit revived after an afternoon that showed that cricket can have its good days, but it can also give you a bad day. Just like today.
I did make the point that over the next few seasons this team will play Surrey again. Remember today, and make sure next time they have the bad day.
There are bad days and bad days but today was the Under 14’s really, really, really good day. Their performances over the latter part of the season have been outstanding culminating in winning the Taunton Festival last week and becoming National Champions this week. Great.
I think that calls for a Tesco Moment, even in the Premier Inn.
By the way Tim was at the Swan at Kingston tonight without his sun glasses anywhere to be seen.
Just a thought. If it is raining hard in the morning and there is no need to rush to the College, I could have an extra rasher of bacon, another sausage and double beans on my “Eat as much as you can Premier Breakfast.”
Talking of the Premier Inn, last night a group of bikers arrived early evening to stay overnight as they attempted to cycle from Lands End to John OGroates to raise money for a cancer charity. As we left this morning the hotel corridors smelt of Buxton Rub and other varieties of embrocation.
They were obviously gearing up for departure.
As the Heaton family, minus Tom, who was getting ready for bed at the College, drove into the Car Park of our lodgings after the trip out to Kingston, the same person who had trouble with her vowels and consonants, asked if the bikers had arrived back yet ?????
Sophie has just stopped laughing !!
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