Saturday 31st July 2021 – A cricketing day to erase from the memory as quickly as possible me thinks. With rain, rain and more rain forecast throughout the afternoon in the Garsington proximity, it already seemed like “one of those days” and the team sat huddled together in a draughty old scorebox along with the cobwebs and spiders, in an effort to keep dry, as they waited for the rain to stop and the covers to come off. With 8 overs each already lost, the covers did eventually come off and Westcott, having lost the toss, were duly asked to bat. Fitzroy “Roy boi” Peterkin opened up the batting this week with the ever dependable Stuart and between them they got off to a decent start, with Stuart playing two lovely cover drives for four in the first first over. Only three overs in though and the rain started again, the covers went back on and Westcott once again huddled in the draughty old scorebox with the cobwebs and spiders, waiting for better fortune. More overs were lost and when the sun did eventually meekly venture out from behind a rather angry looking dark cloud, team data and statistical analysts Tony and Stuart worked out it was now a 60 over game and any further delay would see the game abandoned. With 29 overs left to bat, Stuart and Roy (fresh from his power snooze in the changing rooms), again entered the middle and the score rattled nicely along to 63 from 11 overs, as both batsmen played positively.  Roy played a lovely back foot pull shot to the leg square leg boundary to delight the crowd(?), but did hold the pose for a few moments longer than necessary.. lol. Unfortunately, Stuart mis timed a drive which was simply taken at long off for a decent 28 runs, but Westcott were off to a good start. Dale couldn’t continue with the tempo and was bowled by a “goodun” and Roy was then trapped in front when on 27, to leave Westcott on 77 for 3. Cue Tanveer again, who played very sensibly, picking off the bad ball when on offer, but remaining resistant to the Garsy attack. Rehman was out bowled for only 1 run, but Alimar showed some form again and looked good as he set about the bowling attack, but was out caught for 17, when just looking like it may be his day. With Waqas out bowled for not very many, the skipper was well caught by the opposition skipper for 8 and Finbarr was bowled whilst trying to get on with it, to leave Westcott on a very under par 118-8. Tony joined Tanveer with only a few overs to go and this allowed Tanveer the chance to free his arms and play some big shots, hitting five big sixes in the next few overs, passing his half century. Tony was clean bowled on the last ball of the innings, trying to run one down past a wide third man and Westcott had reached 159-9 in their allotted 32 overs. It seemed a half decent total, but Westcott would have to bowl well to stop an aggressive Garsy batting line up from getting the total from their available 28 overs.

In still gloomy conditions, mizzle I think it is called, the Garsington openers looked to smash anything off line or length and they raced along to 32 without loss very quickly indeed, in what were fairly difficult bowling conditions. An early change of bowling saw Strongy pick up the first wicket, caught comfortably at mid on by Alimar. Roy came on to support Strongy and bowled well enough, but the batsman continued to hit the ball hard and a few big sixes firmly swung the game in Garsington’s favour. Roy finally got his man, a fantastic one handed grab at backward gulley by the skipper Strongy, obviously having learnt the technique from Stuart earlier in the season, but by this stage the game was already done and dusted. Every edge seemed to fly off the bat for four and a thoroughly wet and despondent Westcott team were probably quite glad the game came to a conclusion rather quickly, even if it was now 7:30pm.

As mentioned earlier, it was just “one of those days”, but fair play to Garsington to sticking to their task and winning the game. Only the second loss for Westcott so far this season, so we should not be too disheartened and move positively on to next week, with a home fixture against Long Marston CC, with Tony taking over the reigns whilst the skipper soaks up some sun on his holidays on the Costa del Cornwall.