This tour, our 25th, was mostly just about dry enough for cricket, and we played all eight games. Well, Fraser played all eight games (reaching a club record of 14 consecutive appearances along the way) and the rest of us helped out when we felt fit and whole enough to contribute. We won a shortened game at Bugle quite easily after the home team shuffled the batting order in a generous way; oh and also after Matt Cook scored a brilliant century and took four wickets.
A great reception and a great game at Pencarrow. Adi and Dunc's sixth-wicket partnership was the basis of our innings, and Fraser took wickets when we needed them. The highlight of the day, however, was the brief under-eights face-off between Matthew Borley and Benji Sleeman. Boconnoc showed no mercy, racking up the second highest total we've ever conceded, and becoming the second team to take two centuries off us in one afternoon. We were making a decent fist of the chase (my Duckworth-Lewis app had us eight behind at the end of the 13th over) when the rain settled into something so heavy that even Cornish cricketers were happy to call it a day.
A lovely evening at Perranporth, and an object lesson in T20 bowling, saw us lose to Methigion by a large margin. Ed ffrench-Constant's contribution of 33 runs and three wickets was the stand-out of a number of solid performances by our hosts, and they were just too good for us on the day. Our 115 didn't feel like enough at Saint Neot on the Thursday, but wickets for Chris Healey and a decent fielding performance ended up giving us a fairly comfortable victory. The Lanhydrock game ended up as a last-ball thriller, with the home team needing four to win with nine wickets down. Chris Cook (who had anchored our innings with a superb 71 not out) held his nerve and we won by three runs. Pete Weatherhead also made runs and took three early wickets in a great opening spell.
A limp Mystic bowling performance, and some great batting from the Erratics saw the Chairman's Cup change hands at Sidbury. Dunc's century and Chris Healey's 50 saw us past 200 at Killerton House. Broadclyst were always in it, with battling knocks from Ian Hooper, Charlie Phillips, Jamie Withers, Lee Craven, Rob Scott and Ben Hogan. With four overs to go and six wickets down, only another 23 runs were needed for victory, but an impressively boring spell of bowling from Matt Cook, as well as some tight stuff from Dunc, just made things too hard for the home team's lower order, and we won by a few.
Adi, who played seven games, scored useful runs and took some really important catches, was the player of the tour and Abbie, who helped run the Managers League was the supporter of the tour.