Fathers And Sprogs vs. Remnants

18:00, Wednesday, July 4, 2018
The Leys School (Latham Road)

Fathers And Sprogs (118/5 in 20 6-ball overs)
lost to
Remnants (119/1 in 14.2 6-ball overs)
by 9 wickets.

Report by Daniel Mortlock:

Not FAS's finest hour: we had an eleven but it fell apart (e.g., "Zoe Dare no come") and even the team we had was only half-present at the agreed start time.

The result was that we had to bat first, which wasn't so bad; but also that we had to go with a rather unconventional top order, which wasn't so good. After 10 (six-ball) overs we were just 24/3, and had managed to score off just 9 of 60 balls. Joe White (29 off 26 balls) and James Houlder (68* off 51 balls) managed an admirable comeback, more than quadrupling our score in the second half of the innings, but a final total of 118/5 wasn't fooling anyone . . .

. . . least of all the Remnants top order, who scored pretty much at will. The only bowler to go at less than a run a ball was Mark McCaughen (0/17), and the fielding was appropriately ragged as well, as highlighted by Rob Harvey's drop of an absolute dolly at cover and Henry Hall attempting to catch a hard-hit drive with his sternum (which was broken by the impact, a crack that was heard around the ground). When the winning runs were hit with more than 4 overs still to be bowled it at least meant an early home time . . .

. . . and some serious reflection about whether the now traditional pre-tour game against Remnants is actually viable now that FAS has so few connections in Cambridge.