This year we have all had to decamp to a new venue at Dorridge Cricket Club due to our usual venue undergoing a refurbishment.
This was actually a blessing in disguise as the new venue provided far better facilities in the form of outdoor seating & a bar area. The club is located in a quiet area of Dorridge & has a typical English countryside feel to it. With the seating being so close to the bar this proved to be a popular choice with the players.
As we had been ousted from our usual field of play we have been limited to only 2 matches this year as several companies could not raise teams due to holidays & clashes with world cup matches.
The first of the cricket challenges was against the team from Morgan Sindall. The chaps forming the Morgan Sindall squad had travelled from far & wide to play & our thanks go to the team for their commitment.
The coin was flipped & Morgan Sindall decided to bat first. (we will have to get that double headed coin back into play next year).
Daniel Candlish & Jon Shales opened the batting & proceeded to take the Coles Grant & Jones bowlers to task by knocking the ball all over the place! Daniel proved to be Morgan Sindall star batsman scoring a total of 39 runs.
As the game is limited to 20 over’s for each team Daniel & John left after their stint at the crease giving way to Andrew Shaw & Cavan Yates. This paring did not fare as well as their team mates managing to put another half dozen on the score sheet.
Following on were Dave Kelly & Darren Godfrey who also managed to add to the score sheet by clocking up another 10 runs between them. Oliver Vaughn was next in to bat & started swinging for all he was worth making him the second highest Morgan Sindall scorer adding 34 to the running total.
Neil Hailwood put up a good defence by scoring 15 runs. Manpreet Channa was next up & Paul Clements rounded off the first session of batting for Morgan Sindall culmination in a very respectable total of 182 Runs. A tall order for CGJ to aspire to!
Following a short interlude the CGJ team took up the batting putting the young guns in to bat first.
Brothers Henry & William Briscoe took to the crease with Henry putting 11 runs on the board & his brother William adding a much needed 27 to the score sheet. Another Briscoe brother took up the batting, and Charlie added another 19 to the tally.
Father & son combo we next up as Craig & Alister Coles went out to bat. Craig added 15 & Alister another 11. Coles Grant & Jones then fielded Carl Jones & Alex Copson & they added a few more to the total.
The other members of the CGJ team were Leigh Moore, Geoffrey Stevenson, Peter Allbutt & last but not least Jason Hardcastle.
The final total for CGJ was 150 including wide balls (thanks to the Morgan Sindall bowlers – we needed that), somewhat short of the required target set by Morgan Sindall of 182. Victory to the Morgan Sindall team. Well Done!!
Both Victors & the defeated retired to the Pavilion for some much needed refreshment from the bar & a fantastic curry.
We trust that all the Morgan Sindall team enjoyed the night & we look forward to revenge next year.