It was a week of sunshine and showers, with most of the rain falling when we weren't actually playing. The squad was large and the support staff even larger, with 55 of us in Cornwall at some point or another and three more joining us for the Chairman's Cup. Tony Baden became our 86th player and Dan and Fred returned after long lay-offs. Matt topped 200 runs for the fourth time, Pete scored his first century and Graham and Chris Healey were among the wickets again. Neil Hadley, though, was statistically the strongest link (at least, according to a valuation based on points-versus-cost in the Managers League).
Grampound Road made a relatively strong Mystics team look very old and very slow: after giving us a lot of stick with the bat (especially Matt Manuel and Aaraon Todd), they dangled a carrot with their bowling changes and over-aggressive field settings. Sadly, however donkey-like we had been in the field, we failed to take the carrot. The game at Pencarrow was a much closer-fought affair, with the home team's number ten, Dutch Holland, hitting the winning boundary with only ten balls to go and two wickets in hand.
Pete's elegant 108 led us to a comfortable victory at Boconnoc House, despite a 100 partnership in reply between Rob Foot and former Bugle boy Kev Spencer. A new fixture, Methigion, turned into a fine game in great surroundings. Tony's injury on debut was one of the few downsides to a one-run victory in fading light after valuable performances by our Cooks and their Bishops. Saint Neot beat us again, easily out-playing what was pretty much our strongest side.
Lanhydrock welcomed us to their ground as part of their 150th-anniversary celebrations. Unfortunately, after Matt's 86 had set up an intriguing game, the rain came. Even after the sun came out, there was no prospect of resuming the match, as the photograph shows. A tired-looking Mystics team had no answer to Martin Wright, as the Erratics put together a score that was well beyond our reach and we ended up having to claw our way to a draw.
The rain returned, and the Broadclyst match was abandoned for the second year in succession. At the Mill on the Exe, the player of the tour was awarded to Mister Cricket, Pete Weatherhead, while Fingers Thomson was named as supporter of the tour.