Royal Hants Hospital Staff CC at Brasenose College ground. 30 overs.
On yet another of a long line of roasting hot days the Bod CC took on the touring Doctors from the Royal Hants Hospital. With the Cowley Road Carnival turning up the sound systems to 11 the teams took to the field to a nice soundtrack. The Doctors, after a win at Inkpen the day before, had sampled the delights of the city and a few of their number were looking a little the worse for wear. Bodley, with their own tour the following weekend, have a great deal of sympathy, we’ve all been there before.
With this in mind we forget about a toss and the opposition are offered the choice, and surprisingly put us into bat, their reckoning being that in their present state they can’t guarantee batting through the overs. Phil and Arthur open, facing some surprisingly quick and accurate bowling. Arthur gets a few then nicks one behind, Phil scores a few boundaries before bowled for 17 by the nippy opener. A few other Bodley batsmen come and go before Tim swings the bat against change bowlers and put a few more on the total but by 7 wickets down we’re 86 off 20. Bodley look to be a bit short until a late partnership between Andy Hudson and Alec add 37 to the total, pushing us to a respectable 122 off 30. Andy top scores with 21 will Alec gets a personal best of 6. Andy puts away the forwarding defensive for most of his knock while Alec scores in twos, much to the pleasure of his cheering team-mates.
Tea, and a welcome plate or two of water melon, and a chat with the oppo, friends now after playing them on the Winchester tour and hosting last season. Then back on the field, with hardly a drop in the temperature. Gareth, skipper for the day, sets an attacking field and gives the ball to Phil, who starts a spell which continues through each successive bowler, supported by a strong performance in the field. Wickets fall on a regular basis, with Phil, James and Leigh in particular keeping things tight. Things go well until the Doc skipper comes in and starts to score, suddenly our total comes under threat. A couple of overs go for quite a few until a skied whack to cow is caught on the boundary by a (very) grateful fielder. The last wicket is taken in the penultimate over when the Doctors take a risk needing to score big to stand a chance.
A Bod win then just before the tour, perfect preparation but crikey it was hot.