On a wet sunday in July the annual Family v Friends cricket match got under way at Charterhouse School. A strengthened Family side, after two heavy defeats in the previous years, had the spectators on the boundary talking up a classic. The Friends side won the toss and put the opposition in to bat on a green wicket and with extensive cloud cover knew their strike bowler Tim ‘Jamboy’ Bates (the recent winner of the wooden spoon on the Myles Golf tour to Iceland!) could do some serious damage.
Ollie Banks, a new addition to the team, opened up confidently with James Walker and they put on 30 before Mellor trapped Walker lbw. A slightly contentious decision but Walker had to go and in came Will Lough who started very confidently with two aggressive 4’s. Will Poole played some elegant drives before being caught off the bowling of his nemesis, Ollie Tunnicliffe. Harry Santa once again failed to trouble the scorers after swiping at a wide one and being caught behind (he was insistent he didn’t hit it, but the snick could be heard in nearby Godalming!). James Maskey and Charlie Gold stole the show with a brilliant partnership, Maskey the highlight with some big sixes and some competent strokeplay. The Family had put on a very respectable 164 off their designated overs.
The Friends side started their innings with ominous cloud cover developing overhead. Carpenter did not trouble the scorers after being tempted by a rank short ball from Poole. Ollie F-C and Forster then put on a brilliant partnership but sadly after 13 overs and score at 60 the heavens opened and the game was over.
A bowl off ensued, but it was so bad that after the 10th missed ball a draw was a suitable outcome! Fingers crossed for next year, Charterhouse is brilliant venue, everyone is raring to go for 2013!
Report by Nick Pritchard
Special thanks must go to Nick Pritchard, who couldn’t play because of his broken leg, but who was instrumental in organising the day and Paddy Millington-Buck for arranging the match to be played at Charterhouse. Thanks also to David Pritchard and young Hugo Puddle who were the umpires and Addy Pritchard, and her daughter Charlotte, for providing tea for the players.
The Family team was captained by Charlie Gold and included Ollie Banks, Harry Campbell-Lamerton, George Duckett, Jamie Gold, Will Lough, James Maskey, Tom Jackson, Will Poole, Harry Santa-Olalla and James Walker.
In the absence of Nick, the Friends team was captained by Charlie Clarence-Smith and included Tim Bates, Angus Campbell Golding, Elliott Carpenter, Matt Crump, Olly Fenwicke-Clennel, Jamie Forster, Michael Lawrence, Will Mellor, Paddy Millington-Buck and Ollie Tunnicliffe.