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Brigands v Sons of Bachus, 5 May 2024

Updated: May 13

"Oh God, if there be cricket in heaven, let there also be rain"* for batters and bowlers alike to adjust to the conditions.


With some revised playing conditions, Sons of Bachus bravely followed WG Grace's advice and Batted first irrespective of the damp pitch and a gloomy forecast.


Sargant picked up a wicket in his first over, and Morris a wicket with his first ball as Bachus swung their way to 30-2 off 7 overs.


Adjusting to the conditions, Neil Wood decided to bowl slow, very slow, echoing JM Barrie who once said "I bowl so slowly that if I don't like a ball I can run after it and bring it back". But it was effective with a brace of wickets including the dangerous Booth, bowled for 22.


Ladenburg picked up two in 2 balls and it was only a patient 48 from Bachus' Chris Russell that got them to a respectful 155-9 declared.



The adjacent pub which bears the name "Bat & Ball" with two Bs, two As, two Ls, and an extra T. The bowling figures were Wood 2-23, Sargant 2-23, Ladenburg 2-23 and Morris 2-25; near symmetry at play.


Brigands sent in Councillor Whittle, fresh from a political podcast interview, and Lee Gray who put on 20 in the first 3 overs.


Then came Dave Turner, who played straight and true whilst his family played ping pong on a kitchen table next to The Monument.


When he, and then debutant Charlie Wright, and Adam Jay of local cake-making family fame, were out in quick succession Brigands were 58-5 and in trouble.


The Royal Marine, Jim Morris, and Dave Henderson got down to business as the 20 over countdown began and put on 50 for the 7th wicket without drama; Henderson hit a six over extra cover and when he was out for fifty it was left to Northwood and Sargant to see Brigands home.


Sons of Bachus batted for 35 overs, Brigands for 35.1 overs; near symmetry at play again.




Bachus 155-9 declared lost to Brigands 156-8 by 2 wickets


*Alec Douglas-Home





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