Played at Victoria Park. Report by Philip Barrass
And here is what happened.
The rain gods drew back their
drenching assault and left the steamy air hanging like a Mumbai fug
over the venerable park of Victoria. Through the haze, soaring tents
were being into their swooping, fairground shapes as if to witness a
medieval clashing of knights. And so it was to be.
Men of the Fallopians took the field first, and flailed about
themselves to reasonable effect. Their first man gone attempting to
hoist the enemy to the heavens, they fielded their Lancelot, their
50-a-day man, their racing certainty - Lord Matharu came to the
crease. Rarely has a man put himself to the sword so quickly or so
elegantly. Lord Matharu left the crease to the sound of awkward
silence and coughs from the stunned crowd.
No matter. The
knight slain, the burly Miller, shoulders of iron rope through
hoisting corn by the hundredweight, strode to the fray. A few trial
swings and he was away. Again and again his blade split the air and
the enemy was dispatched. He fell himself, but others rushed to fill
the space left. Roaming knight Matthew fought undefeated to the end.
The Cavaliers took to up arms. Trencherman Wake and swordsman
Lord Matharu fought hand to hand, dispatching one Towersman after
another. Even the wise smooth-headed man of the Castle put one to
rest, leaping crazily in joy at his own deed. The Old Men of the
Fallopians showed no mercy, and made no mistakes. The grizzled form
of Mister Shaw, once of human shape, taunted and held in his
dreadful spell the terrorised men of the Tower.
are still picking at the empty sockets of Cavalier eyes.
await the next to challenge our dominance.
Old Fallopians won toss and chose to bat
Old Fallopians 134-5 (15 overs)
Barrass ct Kalia b Jennings 23
Shing not out
Rav Matharu ct Nimmo b
Charlie Miller ct & b Nimmo
Matt Wake lbw
b Nimmo 9
Jack Wright lbw b Kumal
Tim Castle not out
John Shaw DNB
Extras W 17, NB 1
89-5 (15 overs)
Dave Jennings b Wake
Chris ct Wake b
Nick Kalia retired not out
Miller b Wake 2
Jummy Nimmo ct Wake b Wright 13
Extras W 4