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The Rains stopped play – Sunday 3rds

Kineton v Sunday 3rds Sunday 23 August 

Two of our team were the morning were in the u15 prem game in the morning and would be late arrivals, more later.

The pitch was green but looked OK and common sense was to bowl. Fortunately, I lost the toss and we were put into the field. Sam Lumb (literally a 11.00am step-up) and Reuben Majithia open the bowling. As Reuben closed the sixth over the black cloud threatening unleashed a deluge for 30 minutes. The pitch had covers but the rain was immense. On removing the covers, damp spots had made it onto the pitch and forking and leaf blowers were used to accompany the sun and breeze.

A few changes from the team announced on Wednesday night, people must have looked at the journey! Setting off in bright sunshine to south of Stratford and countryside of Little Kineton, surely a setting for Inspector Morse. We arrived at the ground and looked quite a well-rounded team on paper, we have both batting and bowling, so we looked forward to battle.

At 3.15 just as all was being set for a 3.30 re-start a few spots came from above, looking up one large rain cloud decided to deposit its contents for a short but sharp and heavy downpour. At 3.25 the standing water made all previous hard work in vain as the game was abandoned.

So, as we headed for the long drive home, the blue sky and bright sunshine teased us. And spare a thought for Shayaan Tahir and Shailan Srikanthan who had made the trip after their u15 game, Shayaan arriving for over 6 and Shailan to watch us coming off the field, never to return.

Cricket, frustrating cricket.

Alex Carey (Capt)

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