London Stock Exchange 6 June

A beautiful evening in Regent’s Park but sadly we could only raise 9 for our annual encounter with the Stock Exchange.  However – a good nine of sound character and indomitable spirit.  We won the toss and elected to bat, David Hollingsworth and Nik Patel looking very composed against some handy bowling until Dave pulled his hamstring, called for a runner – which put everyone most especially himself off – and was promptly bowled by Brett for 10.  Bowling now got tighter and John Russell soon joined Dave at the boundary.  Steve Bulman scored a calm 15 in support of Nik who retired on 28.  Tim Richards got 11 fairly quickly then we lost both batsmen in quick succession.  Recent arrival Callum Douglas played well and ran everything on offer to end unbeaten on 9; Jason Amesbury hit a 4 and got out, Joe Woolmore unbeaten on 1.  128 to defend with 9 men …

Joe and Tim both got wickets early to put us into the ascendant, then LSE number 3 Abu tore into us with belligerent intent, cracking 26 in no time before retiring.  Meanwhile at the other end Steve had removed A Ford for no score before Crow played a composed innings, firstly in support of Abu, later to shore up as Hewitt was bowled by Jason and Nik bowled Smith.  Crow retired on 25 and now LSE skipper Ling tried to up the run rate, which had falled below the required rate.  Problem: owing to a mathematical miscalculation (whoops, that was me) we needed one over from an “irregular” bowler – so I gave the ‘keepers kit to John and the LSE batsmen were perplexed at us bringing on a lob bowler with only 3 overs left – so I only went for three runs.  Back to the top drawer bowlers Nik and Joe to prevent the score getting beyond our total – and we won improbably by 8 runs.  A famous victory.

190606 LSE