Report by Tom Serby:
There's something to be said for getting your bad performances out of the way, from which point only improvement is possible - but perhaps not when the season is reduced to a few weeks by a global pandemic. For a brief summary of tonight's one-sided game see last night's Coton report, with the only significant difference being that Remnants chased this evening. Even the match reporter's score (22) was identical.
That's not to take anything away from the quality of the Woozlers - i their number 3 bat Ed Hyde has played first class cricket, and excellently though he played, he didn't outshine any of the other Woozlers batters, several of whom retired at 50. Andy Bell (2 off 3 balls) has conveniently found further casual employment in the Cambridge area so turned out for Remnants but on this occasion his willow "railway sleeper" slept. Clutching at straws one positive from the match was that Remnants' destroyer in chief on the evening with the ball was our own Quentin Harmer, who took 3/9 . . . although unfortunately on this occasion playing for Woozlers. Pete Ames (0/25) and Huw Davies (1/38) both put in very tidy spells with the ball for us but it was only damage limitation. The pick of the bowling for us was Naveen Chouksey, who took 2/33 mixing it up in his frugal way at the Windsor Road end. Saad's fine allround game (28 off 24 balls, and 0/29 when bowling) couldn't prevent the mismatch that had always looked on the cards. Skipper Julius Rix did not take any time to work off the rust, after a couple of looseners he bowled a fine spell [Although figures of 0/51 don't sound too fine - ed.] and it was a pity he kept himself so low in the batting order as he injected aggression into our batting (16* off 12 balls), albeit far too late in proceedings.
So despite another loss, we all enjoyed another fine warm evening at Oxford Road, though sadly without any swifts cavorting in the air above - have they left already, or did they never arrive?