Dragons Win by 7 wickets
Mote 181 all out (38.4 overs) lost to the Dragons 185-3 (32.1 overs)
Chris Arnold 3-25; Joe Gill 3-56; Boozer 1-10
Simon Arnold 76; Timmy Golds 80*
The preamble to the Game saw the 2nd oldest rivalry in golf, namely Ian M and Simon Lee, dragooning innocent bystanders into the Sausages v Dragons match for them to continue their sporting vendetta. Once again, the Dragons were victorious before the touring party headed off to the Mote seeking revenge for the defeat in the previous year’s inaugural fixture.
Winning the toss, Skipper Timmy Golds inserted the opposition and was rewarded by a miserly spell from Boozer who conceded just 10 runs in his opening 7 over spell. Wickets fell regularly – the pick being a spectacular one-handed slip catch by Sammy, but the game changed gear when the Mote’s overseas player Fatouros came in at 5. He took a particular liking to Sammy, hooking with great force as Sammy banged the ball short – his 3 overs going for 39 before Chris A bowled him. Debutant Nick Reeves took 3 catches though he would admit he was blowing like a bull by the end having not kept wicket all season until the previous weekend; Joe Gill as the next bowler of the school conveyor belt took 3 wickets on his debut; and local lad Harrison Pack bowled 5 overs for 9 runs.
The pyrotechnics started after tea, and your correspondent saw neither of them. Returning to the changing room after a brief sojourn to the wicket, poor Ciara Arnold was wailing like a banshee having got a splinter in her foot and her father had her on the operating table. Shortly afterwards, our no3 Sam Boyns returned in a state of high dudgeon having been run out and it would be fair to say that Simon Arnold was no longer his friend. Upon further investigation, it transpired that Simon had played the old “yes/no/wait/sorry” trick to leave Sam stranded by the proverbial country mile.
The game was won with a 104 partnership between Simon, who decided it was probably better to stay out there rather than get assaulted on his return to the pavilion, and Timmy who became increasingly belligerent to speed the Dragons to victory by 7 wickets with 7 overs to spare.
A question for next year’s quiz – are any other clubs sponsored by their local MP like the Mote? Should the Dragons approach Bim Afolami?
Report by Chris Churchman