Remnants vs. Romsey Town

Tuesday, April 29, 2003
Fitzwilliam College

Remnants (142/1; 15 eight-ball overs)
Romsey Town (99/7; 15 eight-ball overs)
by 43 runs.

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.