Why is it that the weather's always crap when we play at Churchill? Certainly it was today, the low August sun being hidden behind banks of oppressive grey clouds that the whipping wind was unable to shift.
Given the conditions it was decidedly convenient that we were able to field first, and even more convenient that we produced on of the season's more consistent bowling displays. Olly Rex (2/8), George Speller (1/5) and John Moore (2/4) all got wickets, with John also adding a pair of catches to his evening's haul. Despite a slight late-innings blow out we limited The Cavendish to just 88/6 from their 13 (eight-ball) overs.
When we lost a couple of early wickets it seemed that even 88 might prove a challenging target, but then Phil Hastings (52* off 40 balls) and Andy Owen (25* off 40 balls) put together a steady match-winning partnership. In the end the winning runs were hit with 12 balls and 8 wickets still in hand.
A fringe benefit of that was that we all got to the warmth of the Churchill bar a vital five minutes earlier than we would have if the match had gone the full length!