To quote the Fuller’s League Secretary, there was fixture carnage over the weekend amongst clubs in Surrey. Only 2 games were played on Saturday and for the second Sunday running, there was no game at the club. The First XI did manage a game on Sunday, making the drive down to the beautiful ground of Outwood, not far from Gatwick. The game was delayed until 3pm, to try and give the pitch a chance to dry out. Under normal circumstances, the game probably wouldn’t have been played, but both teams were desperate for a bit of cricket.
Tom Bennett won the toss in the 30 over a side game and batted well on such a slow wicket, making 39 off just 46 balls. Newcomer Richard Krige, James Mumford and Tarn Huxford all made solid starts, but didn’t really capitalise on the bowling, with LDCC finishing on 167 for 7 off their 30 overs.
After a superb tea (Mark was very happy), Outwood found batting difficult against a strong bowling attack. Catches made the real difference between the two sides, with LDCC only dropping one, which in reality was only a half chance. One very sporting moment occurred when Richard Smith (no, not that one), tried to turn a ball of Michael Hall’s bowling to leg, but got a thin edge into Mark’s gloves. There was some doubt as to whether Richard had hit the ball, but the Outwood player walked before waiting for the umpire’s decision. Don’t see that often these days! Only G Lynch and Matthew Norman really put up any resistance, with Norman determined to stay for the whole innings, which he did, running out of partners in the 25th over. Tarn Huxford took a sharp one handed catch in the slips to end the game, with LDCC, having travelled with only 10 men due to a mis-communication, beating Outwood by 79 runs. Despite the late start, both teams really enjoyed the game, which was played in a great spirit and we hope a Sunday Second team will play Outwood again next year. Is worth going there, just for the flapjacks!