Mandarins vs Streatham and Marlborough Cricket Club, Wednesday 12 July
After another excellent SMCC tea we took the field, with Harry Forman and Giordy Diangienda opening. Both bowled well, Harry in particular beating the bat regularly (including 5 out of 6 in one over). But the SMCC openers made rapid progress, Henley in particular playing some fine shots. Owen Jackson, star outfitter to the Mandarins, and Hurst replaced the openers; Owen eventually bowled one opener, but by drinks SMCC were 123-1 and comfortably placed it seemed to complete the run chase, with Henley hitting the ball to all corners and the (very) young No 3 Harland looking all too comfortable. Older Mandarins were worried: would this end up as an embarrassing 9 wicket loss, having scored over 230? But Hazball knows no fear. Harry brought Healey on at one end and persevered with Jackson. Both decisions were amply repaid when Owen bowled Henley for 78 and Chris persuaded Harland to top-edge to Jules behind the stumps. Once Owen had completed his spell Hurst was reintroduced into the attack. Having got 0-30 off his first 4 overs Martin proceeded to work his magic and took 5-9 off in his second spell, aided by good Mandarins catching; clearly the change of end helped. The highlight was an over when Malik the SMCC captain utilised reverse sweeps and ramps against the fiendish Hurst, all to no avail, until trying a traditional off-drive he was caught by Paul Mills. Harry brought Olly Wood into the attack and another SMCC batman fell. SMCC had reached 200-9 when Giordy won an LBW decision and the Mandarins duly won by 33 runs. An excellent game, played in a great spirit.