There were some interesting Mystic numbers generated by the 2019 tour. We ended the summer on 100 wins and 50 defeats; and we have now been represented by exactly 100 different players. I've done some simulations, calculated some probabilities, derived some formulae and found that this almost certainly cannot have happened other than by intelligent design. There is a god and she wears yellow and orange.
We started at Bugle with a win that was made fairly comfortable by the home side's hospitable refusal to take catches, with debutant Tom Bennett-Hughes particularly favoured. Hoops (who has scored a century and a fifty against us) made his first Mystics half century, and all seven of our bowlers took a wicket. An early start at Pencarrow - necessitated by the home skipper's careful reading of the weather forecast for Wakefield in Yorkshire - led to a better day for batsmen than for bowlers, with three on each side reaching the agreed retirement figure of 30. The rain was the only winner on Tuesday.
At Perranporth on a lovely Wednesday evening we batted horribly and were beaten in double-quick time by Methigion. The brightest Mystic light in that cricketing darkness was debutant, and 100th player, Alfie Dixon, who looked like our only proper batsman. The next day Saint Neot passed 150, despite three-wicket hauls for Chris Cook and Graham Sharland; but Fraser's 65, alongside Ben and Matt with 22 each, eased us to victory. At short notice, and with the help of Luckett C.C., Callington provided our opposition on the Friday. It looked as if someone had misled them about our quality. At 141 for one off 11, we were staring at humiliation. Fraser again stepped in, taking four good wickets for ten runs, and Matt scored some runs. In the end, we only lost by 50-odd.
Into Devon, and a Chairman's Cup game for the ages. Runs were shared around as we set a target of a shade over 200. Chris Cook and Ben Youngman, with an 88 partnership for the fourth wicket, were leading the Erratics to victory, but Fraser, Matt and Pete took some wickets and we ended up crowding around the bat trying to force victory. The draw meant that the Erratics retained the Chairman's Cup. Broadclyst beat us by four wickets on the Sunday, Hamish Edmond finishing the game with a six.
For his inconspicuous but telling contributions, Deke was the player of the tour. Ellie, who laughed in the twin faces of those tour-wrecking monsters sobriety and sleep, was the supporter of the tour.