A break from the old tour format in 2000. Instead of trying to play in Devon and in Scotland in one week, we arranged a weekend in June to play the Erratics and Broadclyst, and then went up to Scotland for a week at the end of July.
In playing terms, this was our most successful season ever. We played eight games and won them all. Stan made a welcome return for the Chairman's Cup game, and almost single-handedly won the game for us. A Chris Healey century and fifties from Chris Cook and Dunc meant that we scored a record score against Broadclyst at Killerton. 256 proved too stiff a target for them.
Up in Scotland, we picked ourselves up off the Blebo Craigs Village Hall floor to beat the hosts Gargunnock and visiting Innellan in two 20-over matches on the Sunday. At Comrie, it rained, and rained, and rained. The match was called off, and we went to the pub, where two of their team beat all-comers at pool. The sun shone at Falkland on Aussie Neil's debut. By playing out their young leg-spinner, he steered us to what was in the end a comfortable victory. It rained again on the Wednesday, and the Clackmannan game was postponed to Friday. In the mean time we played a six-a-side tournament on the artificial wicket, a tournament most memorable for the renewal of a South African inter-school rivalry that pitted our chairman against the Clacky professional, Graham Grace.
Largo were our next opponents. Kev joined us, and, on a seaming track, there were runs for Mat Cook, Chris Healey and Neil Pope. Tight bowling by Jim Dudbridge and others meant that we won comfortably. Back to Clackmannan and another victory. The Mystic machine rolled on up to Aberfeldy. The home team batted first and were restricted to a score of 128 by some good bowling. After Adrian and Ernie (who scored his 1000th club run during his innings) had prospered against the early bowling, it looked like we were going to romp to victory. Instead, the end of Clem's long binary innings precipitated a collapse, and it was left to numbers 10 and 11 (Chave and Dudbridge) to knock off the last few runs and maintain our 100% record.
Clem Hitchcock, our one true magician, was player of the tour, and navigator Suzie was voted the number one supporter in a show of voices at the Ailean Chraggan hotel. Special mention, though, must be made of Auntie Jean and Uncle Graham. Without their help, there would have been no village hall, and thus no tour.
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