Cricket: St Martin’s v Bugle

Report by Colin Daly

We welcomed our friends from Bugle to play a game of cricket on an overcast Saturday 15th September. It had been fine in the morning but now there was doubt about the light at the end of a match starting at 4pm.

It was felt that combining head with heart that 22 overs should be possible. Bugle won the toss and put St. Martin’s in to bat first.

The scoring rate was steady rather than spectacular but with a little flurry at the end, 134 was scored, built around a 66 not out for J Smith.

An early wicket for St. Martin’s seemed to unnerve the Bugle batsmen but they settled down to chase the 135 needed, but always a little behind the run rate. P Gribble scored 62 and an attempt to steal that extra run resulted in an accurate throw from J Smith in the deep, which took the stumps direct and Gribble was run out.

A valiant last batting effort was unsuccessful and Bugle ended up 10 runs short when their last over finished.

The light actually improved at the end, just before it rained on the trip to the hotel to sample their hospitality and hold a fines court.  A rumour that St. Martin’s got a lucky hit on the rudder of the boat bringing Bugle was denied.