Evening folks, Bodley played long standing friends Far From the MCC tonight at the picturesque Cumnor Cricket Club in a t20 match. We play fftmcc every year (twice this year, in fact) and hopes were high that we'd reverse the run of defeats suffered over recent years. Bodley won the toss and batted first on a low, slow wicket. Openers Shackleton and Neely set about building a total and despite a difficult pitch and long boundaries, both retired on 30. Mike Webb and James Shaw played some wonderful shots after the platform was set but bodley lost a few wickets and ended on 103-2. A few short perhaps but a decent effort on the pitch. Things started well as shackleton ran in and the opening bat was bowled first ball. Perfect start. But the next ball flew away for four and the see-saw contest between bat and ball was set. However, in the second over Shaw clean bowled another and they were two down. Things looked pretty good. But then the runs started to flow and although another wicket fell, to Neely, the runs were steadily knocked off with a few of overs left.
So we were about forty runs light in hindsight, but a good game at a great pitch and all played in the right spirit with beers at the well furnished club house after the game. A lovely way to spend a summer's evening. GJ