After six months without cricket (if you don't count the Ashes series in Australia and the World Cup in Africa), it was finally time for us addicts to get a much-needed hit.
Two of us, in particular, got lots of hits: Nick Clarke (73*) and Phil Watson (48) put on a 126-run opening partnership against the hapless Romsey attack. (It would be improper here to mention that our own Rob Harvey, substituting for the opposition, dropped the openers a total of three times.) In the end a weary Watson was run out, allowing captain Dave Rowson to score a quick 8*, taking the team to an impressive first-up total of 142/1.
Despite putting on a good opening stand, Romsey never looked likely to get the required runs. This was down to a good all-round performance in the field, with four catches held, and tight bowling from Rupert Brown (3/11), Tony Malik (1/7), George Speller (1/13), Rob Harvey (1/18, to go with a neat catch that must have been the salt in Romsey's wounds), Colin Anderson (1/19), and Anton Garrett (0/23).
With the addition of a few post-match beers it all made for a pretty satisfying start to the cricket season, the Remnants machine slipping smoothly into gear -- the cricketing equivalent of 0-60 in five seconds.