South Africa Tour – Match Eight

vs Claremont CC

Last time we visited Claremont they took us to the cleaners so this time we wanted to make amends. We won the toss and elected to field and two early stumping by Kyle Bradley raised the spirits as we had them 47 for 2. Phil Deakin bowled their number 4, and an lbw followed from Nigel B-J and so with Claremont at 5 down for 80 our spirits were rising.

Another stumping followed by a Deepak Sinha c&b and 122 for 7 was looking promising. Then the tail wagged a bit and we took our feet off the gas and they finished all out at 186 in their 40 overs. Bruce Sharp’s 15 year old son Dylan top-scored with 44.

It wasn’t such a big score was it? And they told us that on this wicket last weekend they had scored 1000 runs, so it must be a batsman’s paradise.

But reality was different. Phil Deakin was caught behind for 5: Kyle Bradley couldn’t get the ball away and spent 44 balls scoring 4. Joh Lewis was caught at slip. Jon Thornton was bowled for 43 and Robert Green caught for 29 – and it was all looking a bit bleak. Martin Southwell hung around for 15 but the tail could not come up with the goods and we were al out in 37.4 overs for 145.

The spirit of cricket was everywhere to be felt: the hospitality was tremendous; the fines and presentation session was joyous. We enjoyed a marvellous day – yes we lost – but cricket was the winner and we would live to return to Claremont CC.

One of the Claremont guys had a drone with him, and filmed the grounds, the surrounding area and some of the match from it.  Have a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1TJezjf4kM&feature=share