In what was billed by the media as The Landlord v The Tenants clash it was a cloudy evening that greeted the players for the final T20 of the season. Tim Hands brought his invitation XI to face the Brigands to celebrate his retirement from Winchester College.
Brigands won the toss in the rain against opposition captain Ed Hands and decided to bat first but were soon regretting the decision as 2 wickets fell without a run on the board. Turner and Ladenburg Snr both retired with 20 apiece but no other batsman in the top 9 hit double figures. Wood and Northwood hit quick runs to take Brigands to 91-7 in 16 overs before the rain interrupted proceedings.
It was decided to allow the visitors time to bat and face 16 overs chasing 92 to win. Some tight Brigands bowling from the start left the visitors on 41-0 after 7.4 overs before the rain came again forcing the players from the field for a second time. The crowd were left disappointed at not seeing another ramp attempt from Nick Hands.
It was left to the match referee, Tim Hands to make an executive decision and declare the match a draw before both teams headed to the pub for a beer and a bowl of chips.
Well done to everyone involved in getting the game going and being played in a sporting way. Many thanks to Tim and Jane Hands for their hospitality and best wishes from all Brigands in your retirement.