Iffley Village CC at Cutteslowe Park. 20 overs.
Bodley CC, fresh from a successful tour, took on new opponents Iffley Village on the 12th. After dealing with all the hardships of playing at Cutteslowe; traffic, parking too close (dangerously so after some shots), unable to get into the pavilion (again) ‘cause the council hadn’t unlocked their bits so having to get changed round the back etc etc etbloodyc, Bod shake hands with the oppo and eye them up at same time, trying to gauge their level. Iffley look good, new Bod Dave Shorten (another from our feeder club the Mads) reckons Iffley had one of the faster bowlers he’d ever faced last season, luckily he isn’t playing tonight. Iffley win toss and put us into bat. Matthew and Asad open, both facing some pretty accurate bowling but both start to play some shots, Asad in particular finding the boundary fairly regularly. James comes in and continues his excellent form with the bat this season while others briefly flutter around him. Dan, Tim, Dom and Dave all push the total along while Gareth, three not-outs on tour but who seemed distracted throughout the match, was out second ball to a straight one. At one point a good total looked beyond us, batting through the twenty seemed beyond us as well but James and Alec saw us home, the biggest cheer of the innings for Alec, who following his highest score against the Doctors got his first boundary for the club. Biggest boo came when T***p and his fleet of helicopters flew over on their way to Blenheim and dinner with the suck-ups. There was some talk of forming a giant v-sign on the grass but not to be. Bod finish on a reasonable respectful 124.
Dan and Dave open, both bowling a tight line that Iffley found hard to score against. Dan seems to get a bit quicker with each game and got the first wicket with a delivery that the batsmen was late on. Dan then took a good catch off his Dad’s bowling and then followed this up with a sharp work in the field to get a run-out with Matthew working well behind the stumps. Iffley though look a good batting side, and steadily accumulate with a number of their bats reaching 30 and retiring. Your reporter serves up some buffet and that is enough to see Iffley over the line with an over or two to spare.