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Brigands v Portsmouth, 12 July 2023

Updated: Sep 12, 2023

A lot seemed to happen despite only 8 overs of cricket at Broadhalfpenny Down.

Portsmouth went in first to give the Christians (Father and Son) their first opportunity to bat together (it lasted 12 balls) and give Dave Turner the opportunity to show off a mini bucket hat to match his mini keeping gloves.

The rain came and the covers came on and off, and on and off. In the rush to get them on star bowler Mo Ali twisted his ankle in what could be Mike Bath's best chance of finishing the season as the leading wicket-taker.

A new carpet arrived, some Australian tourists came down to see where the laws (not the spirit) of cricket had been codified and the sun shone on the very next field whilst it rained on the pitch.

When play resumed Portsmouth raced to their 50 but any chance of setting a winnable total was dashed by more rain. Less time on the field meant more time in the tent enjoying tea and cake thanks to the wonderful Jenny Harris, and more time in the Bat and Ball.

The post-match conversation ranged from libel laws and grandchildren to the Ottoman invasion of Constantinople. Despite his injured ankle, Mo was on inspiring form, suggesting improvements to match selection and communications, and volunteering to organise a pre-season overseas tour so the afternoon was by no means wasted.

Match abandoned.

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