Opposition: Kennet Valley CC (AWAY)
Result: Game 35: Won by 3 wickets
The beleaguered Chairman of Avebury Club, trying to pull together a side for Avebury's 35th game of the season, spent the last five days of his holiday literally doing his nut about our inability to have players step up for an away fixture at Kennet Valley. Happily, after 47 rejections from members, an 11 was finally cobbled together, and off we trooped to Kennet Valley, which as everyone knows is no journey at all really from our ground. Winning the toss, and agreeing a very short form 30 over a side game with the opposition skipper, we went out to field in heavy drizzle, which accompanied us, relentlessly, for our entire time in the field. Immediately, the physical impracticalities of this magnanimous gesture became apparent, as not a single Avebury bowler was able to bowl in any way properly without risking injury, and with no sawdust in appearance until midway through the endings, we were really struggling. However, our perseverance paid off, and three wickets for 16-year-old Daniel Dix got us into the game. Pete Force-Jones took two from the bottom, and Tongayi Tendayi managed four from the top end from his 3.5 overs, as Kennet Valley slid to 75 all out from 21 of their allotted 30 overs. In reply, after tea, Avebury knocked off the runs in a little under 18 overs, Bruce Crook top scoring with 25. We retired to the Who'd A Thought It, now in bright sunshine, to reflect on the possibilities of flexible start times, the evening weather being nothing short of perfect for cricket. A very special thank you to some of the "non-cricketers" who turned out today - in particular, Mark Paradise for a fine fielding display, who played at very short notice (Saturday night, 10.57pm I think was the last pint) and we look forward to his next appearance for Avebury! The Sunday XI's winning streak continues - losing only once this season.