Scotland Tour 2001

2001 Tour Averages

After weeks of glorious weather in Devon, the Mystics brought the rain down for the June weekend. Despite it (and the foot and mouth epizootic), we retained the Chairman's Cup in a tense finish. Set a target of 150 in what turned out to be 25 overs, we got within three runs of an improbable victory. Shades of the end of the first Terminator film, as Sid dragged his crushed skeleton up and down Plymtree's artificial wicket in relentless pursuit of the winning runs. The Broadclyst match was played at Clyst Saint George, and fizzled out into a draw. Needing 39 to win off 17 overs with four wickets in hand, the home team shut up shop.

Up in Scotland (in some proper accommodation this time), we quickly got back into winning ways. On the Sunday, we squeezed past Gargunnock Village by six runs. We had looked second favourites as they entered the last eleven overs needing just over fifty with nine wickets in hand. To no-one's surprise it rained at Comrie, and a game which was nicely poised had to be abandoned.

Chloe and Fraser model the 2001 T-Shirts Runs for Adi and Adam at Falkland saw us to 154. Despite their skipper's battling fifty and our skipper bringing Matt Cook on to bowl the last over, we held on to win. More rain at Clackmannan led to another abandonment, but not before the slow bowlers had been mercilessly flayed by Graham Grace, and then Chris Healey and Ernie had compiled a solid opening partnership for us. Fred captained us to a one run win at Largo, and The Sandbags to victory in the pub quiz that same evening. He seemed prouder of the later achievement. Ernie won the Man of the Match, and rather disgraced himself by not drinking himself into a hurling dervish.

Entertainment at Jean and Graham's on the Friday night, and then up North to Aberfeldy. Kevin finally got his action working, and the last ball of his eight over spell was one of the best bowled by anyone on tour. Some late-order heroics saw Breadalbane to 139. Sid struggled back out to the middle and this time he and Duncan won us the game in the last over.

Sid was the only possible choice as player of the tour, and Adi's dad, Peter, won himself a Sri Lankan mask as supporter of the door.

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