Finally we had some decent weather in 2010 ... and we remembered just how demanding it can be to play cricket day after day after day. The first game at Grampound Road was a thriller with win, lose and tie all possibilities at the start of the last over. We held our nerve and won a high-scoring match that had been played in a great spirit. Matt's century and Ernie's fifty were the mainstays of our batting, and Pete, Hayder and Chris Healey bowled well at a talented home batting line-up. We spent most of the next day on the beach at Bude before wandering up the path to beat a weak North Cornwall team in an evening game. Duncan's 80 was scored almost without breaking sweat.
The Pencarrow match was rained off for the third year running, leaving one or two superstitious tourists to wonder if the fixture was cursed. The sun shone on Bugle the next day, and despite Chris Healey's traitorous exertions, we won a good game. Bryan Wendon's Facebook-campaigned return and Chris Cook's all-round excellence meant that we scored runs when we needed to and took wickets whenever Bugle threatened a recovery. Our fielding let us down badly at Saint Neot, and they scored a total that was too big even for Matt and Fraser to chase down. The rain hovered around Lanhydrock, but we got in enough overs of the second innings for Duckworth-Lewis to settle things in our favour. This game (my hundredth) featured my tour highlight, as Hayder's googly foxed a well-set Test Match Tommy allowing my dad (who'd picked the wrong-un) to complete an important stumping.
The 2010 tour party outside the Tor View barn. Left to right: Pete Weatherhead, Chris Cook, Bryan Wendon, Sam Cook, Matt Cook, Duncan Chave, Ernie Sharland, Chris Squire, Hayder al-Mohammed, Sean Webb, Tom Hurles, Graham Sharland, Jim Thomson, Sid Thomson, Olga Sidoryk, Annie Blanchette, Jo Sharland, Gemma Cole, Donna West, Nick Healey, Chloe Sharland, Chris Healey, Peter Thomson, Rita Thomson, Annie Chave, Ellie Sharland, Naomi Thomson, Kate Squire, Fraser Chave, Joe Thomson, Meg Sharland, Abbie Thomson, Tess Sharland, Eliza Squire, Greta Squire. Click on the image to get a bigger and better version.
Sam Cook and Chris Squire batted brilliantly in The Chairman's Cup. Unfortunately, they were playing for the Erratics and turned what had looked like being a close game into a five-wicket defeat. At Killerton the next day, Pete scored the hundredth Mystic fifty on the way to setting a demanding target for Broadclyst. Two more memorable Hayder googlies set things up for Fraser and Kev to finish the tour with a comfortable victory.
After the last match, a lot of trophies were awarded. All I really remember is that I was deemed to have had the best mobile telephone on tour. Oh, and also Hayder's leg-spinning genius won him Player of the Tour, while Olga's whole-body commitment secured her Supporter of the Tour.