Romsey Town vs. Little Shelford

Saturday, July 29, 2000
Emmanuel College

Little Shelford (180/8; 40 overs)
lost to
Romsey Town (181/4; 37.1 overs)
by 6 wickets.

Although technically a home game, we found ourselves out at Girton, on a rather bumpy (at least compared to the billiard table that is Emmanuel) village ground. Another humid day, and no clubhouse -- everything had a rough feel to it.

Andy Owen bowled well and kept boldly, standing up to the stumps, even getting a knock on the head from Daniel Mortlock (2/28). Neal Baker did the most damage, netting 4/40, but, despite our good effort in the field, Little Shelford made 8/181 (thanks in large to some huge hitting towards the end of the innings by their alleged rabbit).

A mercifully corn-free afternoon tea preceded some convenient rain (that left the ball rather slippery) and an ultra-aggresive run chase. Tony Desimone again played the anchor, but Neal Baker dominated, scoring 80* with some glorious shots, most notably a six cut over point. He finished the game off with yet another boundary, to complete the greatest all-round performance in club history. (Although it was almost a pity we didn't have another 20-odd to get, as that would have given him the chance to go to what would have been a deserved century.)

This was one of our most satisfying victories of the season (although that's a tad inevitable, as it was one of our only victories full stop).