Opposition: WCCL: Biddestone CC II (AWAY)
Result: Game 31: Won by 43 runs
We travelled to Biddestone without our talismanic all-rounder Wessel Hartslief, who very sadly has had to leave us early to attend to family matters at home. Losing the toss on a beautiful and possibly the hottest day of the year, we were predictably inserted by Biddestone. Avebury just got off to a flying start thanks to some aggressive hitting from John Rheinberg, which elicited much comment from the Biddestone slip cordon, much of which was in no way flattering as many were not at all impressed by the shots being played. Rheinberg's inevitable demise brought Charlie Redmayne to the crease, who once again looked several classes above any other batsman on the pitch, but was unlucky to be on done by and LBW shout early in his innings have looked fluent and in touch. Andy Schofield, promoted to number four, looked instantly at home though, and settled in to play his best ever knock for Avebury, mixing sound defence with wonderful flowing strokes throughout his innings, doing all of this with a bat that is possibly older than many of the Biddestone players. After a good stand with the Chairman, who reached another 50, Schofield combined well with skipper Dix who also played a robust 45. Some good clean hitting at the end from these two, Bruce Crook, and Jeremy Richards, got us to a healthy total of 268 at the end of our scheduled 45 overs. After tea we went out and sought to defend the total, and had a early success picking up two wickets (including the dangerous looking number 3 for a golden duck) which helped to ease our jangling nerves. Unfortunately, our change bowlers were rather wayward today, gifting far too many easy full tosses, long hops, and half volleys, which the Biddestone batsmen seized upon without exception, allowing them to keep pace with the run rate required, and never really looking out of touch. They did, however, lose wickets at crucial times, thanks to a couple of magic balls from Jack Redmayne, one from Dan Dix, and some good catching from the outfielders at crucial moments in the game. In particular, a fantastic catch from Jack Redmayne off the bowling of Andy Schofield really turned the game in our favour. An ugly incident towards the end of the game saw a Biddestone batsman run out having wandered out of his crease following a hit to the fleshy parts of the thigh, which sparked much controversy, and frankly was a sad moment in an otherwise excellent game between two teams who both played in perfect spirit. Our thanks to Biddestone for letting us play on their "proper ground" - we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!