Remnants enjoys the luruxy of mainly playing home games at Oxford Road, and most of us think the trip to Downing College's ground on Long Road to be a fair hike. So why The Technology Parnership had chosen to host us all the way off in Whittlesford is anyone's guess.
Once down there, we found our bowling being put to the sword as their very classy openers took them to 77/0 after 8 (eight-ball) overs. And even though Les Collings (3/29) got rid of both of them in quick succession, the scoring rate barely slowed as The Partnership finished up with a daunting total of 152/4.
Being 10 more than the highest total that had been chased successfully in any of our games this season, it seemed we were in trouble . . . until it became apparent that The Technology Partnership had no bowlers to speak of. Ev Fox (34* off 40 balls, with 3 fours) and Nick Clarke (91* off just 53 balls, with 10 fours and 4 sixes) found scoring pretty easy, although it was anything but for the scorers. Aside from the fact that Colin Anderson was running for Ev for half the innings, there were some 29 extras to keep track of -- and how is one supposed to fit an over that goes 4 + N + 1 . . N4 . N + + N 1 into the little box in the scorebook? The only real pity of it is that Nick was denied what would have been a well-deserved century -- and with 31 balls still remaining when he hit the winnings runs he might even have had time to go for the highest ever Remnants score, Tony Malik's 142 against Hockerill last year, if the full 15 overs had been played out.