Honours even at rain-affected Chippers
posted: August 11
The spoils were shared this afternoon at Chippenham with a rain-affected match that saw the Strollers mount a valiant charge in our attempt to reach the set target of 220 before rain delays and tumbling wickets left us with little option but to shut up shop and claim an honourable draw.
Earlier in the afternoon, fielding with only nine available Strollers plus the help of a couple of generously guesting members of the oppo, our bowlers stuck to their task well and collected regular wickets to restrict Chippenham to 219-9 – only South African Charlie Rattley looking dominant with the bat on his way to hitting a well struck 62.
The tea break was extended by a further 30 minutes with the brooding clouds overhead suddenly unleashing a ferocious downpour – however that simply gave us an opportunity to indulge ourselves in the typically lavish selection of moist sponge cakes on offer – the lemon curd filling being of particular note this year.
When we did eventually emerge, Gav and George fell cheaply, both holing out. However an impressive 112 run 3rd wicket stand between Spencer and Abhik gave us hope that, despite the limited overs, we might yet be on for the win.
However, having both racked up impressive half centuries Abhik (55) edged behind to slip and then Spencer (66) top-edged a mistimed pull shot and was expertly caught by Simon Heather at midwicket. From here on the win looked unlikely, especially when heavy rain intervened for a second time.
Dave gamely insisted that we resume, despite the very damp conditions, but when he, Batesy and Rohit fell, we were in no doubt that sadly victory was beyond us. However, Dickie – happily returning to action almost exactly a year after his last appearance at Chippers – along with The Kitten knuckled down well and took us to the final over without further loss. Hearts fluttered all round when Dickie edged to gully off the very occasional Simon H's loopy off spin, but with four deliveries to face, Rohit – kindly allowed back in as our lowest scorer – dutifully shut up shop.
Having successfully weathered the weather we returned to the pavilion safe in the knowledge that the Chippenham 'Ashes' remain in our grasp for another year!