Dragons Win by 19 runs.
Dragons: 188 – 7 (C Farrant 82, T Golds 36)
The Chessmen: 169 all out (C Farrant 7-1-18-5, Ganyon 56)
The first Saturday of tour has always provided its fair share of comedy, class and calamity, 2017 did not disappoint. With a handful of players, most noticeably the chairman, arriving late the dragons ‘won’ the toss and opted to bat on the greenest deck ever seen south of the Thames. The opening pair of Mihill J (tour manager) and Churchman C created a buzz around the ground, but the partnership really failed to materialise. Churchman went early which brought about a nephew, Uncle, godson, godfather combo at the crease. Geoffrey Boycott would have been proud of Johns efforts as he motored along at a strike rate of 17. Wickets came and went, I Mihill admitting to not being able to see the ball after being bowled first Ball, and with some lusty blows from skipper Tim Golds the dragons ended up on a respectable but chasable total.
Sophie Mihill opened the bowling and either looked to take the outside edge with some lovely deliveries or decapitate the batsmen with a couple of choice beamers. T Mihill just about made it through his 5 over spell but bowled well as did J Mihill without too much reward. With the game turning in the Chessmen’s favour the dragons decided to take advantage of the dipping sun which in turn yielded some quick wickets. All in all, the dragons romped home to victory after a thoroughly enjoyable game.
It was then on to the pub which was excellently organised by Bob and Jane Ann, with our British athletes failing to disappoint. All in all a top start to tour.
Report by Charlie Farrant