Remnants vs. Travelling Theatre XI

August 21, 2007
Fitzwilliam College

Match cancelled.

Be careful what you wish for. Or, more accurately, be careful what I wish for. After the rain held off until just before match time last Wednesday I was foolish enough to demand of the cricketing gods ``Why couldn't it have rained at 2pm? Or 3pm? Or 4pm? Or even 5pm? If the ground had been deluged earlier in the day we would have been able to prevent twenty-odd people turning up . . .'' And so of course they responded to such impudence in what now seems like the most obvious and direct way, delivering rain at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm yesterday, thus making damn sure that nobody went anywhere near the ground today.

Aside from this being a record tenth cancelled match for the season, it meant we missed out on catching up with a goodly collection of legends from Remnants' past: Baz Dare was due to captain The Travelling Theatre against us tonight; Tony Malik, who holds club records for most games played, most runs scored, most wickets taken, most catches (by an outfielder) and most female penis viewings (in a week), was allegedly going to be playing this evening; Tony Robinson had been coerced into making what would have been his one appearance for the year; and Paul Henderson, who last played for the club as a super-sub in our first ever game against The CB XI before scooting off to Hawai'i, was all set to drive over to Cambridge from his new home in the West Country. We do have one more internal game scheduled for next week, so we might get a few surprise appearances, but as the rain trickles down the window beside me today it feels like the 2007 cricket season is already a thing of the past.