In 2005, we undertook our third Cornwall tour. It rained at Bugle, and there were moves to abandon the game at tea. The enthusiasts held sway. Ernie's full tosses bowled us to victory by a record 142-run margin. Saint Austell nearly talked us into submission, but Graham took wickets and Matt Cook guided us home with his first fifty for the club
At North Cornwall's spectacular ground, we lost a last-ball thriller by two runs. At Callington, with runs from Duncan, we overpowered a team of youngsters. Matt's captain's innings of 130* took us to 200 at Saint Neot. Tight bowling by Chirpy, Chris and debutant Sean Webb drove us to a comfortable victory. Lanhydrock cruelly exposed a stiff, end-of-tour team. The scorebook says we lost by 19 runs, but it felt like a mauling. Only Matt one-shot Cook stood between us and total humiliation.
Back in Devon, we beat the Erratics (under Matt's captaincy) to retain the Chairman's Cup. Fred returned after a 25-match layoff to help bowl the Erratics out, and Fraser Chave made his debut, coming on as a fielding substitute for the last two overs of the game. In the last game of a long tour, Chris Healey's brilliant batting and Deke's century dragged us to 159. At 99 for three, Broadclyst looked certain to overhaul that, but the sun started to set behind the tour manager's arm, and Broadclyst's ambitions went down with it
Kate, who was parent to two small twins and 25 large Mystics, was named as supporter of the tour. Matt, who set records for the highest season's aggregate and highest individual score, won the player-of-the-tour award by the biggest margin in living memory.