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Jul 13

From the Parish Magazine

So far, our third season’s been a mixed one. Playing only some twelve home matches a year, it’s disappointing when your opposition cry off (twice) and the weather beats you (once). However, the games we’ve played have been as much fun as any. One cancellation had us bring forward our in-house Gentlemen v Players game. The Gentlemen just failed in a run chase but the game’s real highlights were George Hill batting in a top hat and Jerry Greggain fielding as a Trumpington Farm Company employee from a hundred years ago, straw hat, belt, braces and his trousers tied just below the knee. Charles D’Oyly was keen to play and there’s no truth that he bribed the club management to be able to bowl at his son, Guy, and get him LBW. That the son had the father caught at point in the second innings was met with a real cheer and, we hope, peace in the D’Oyly house that evening. Another game had us entertain an ‘old men and boys’ team from March. We just lost at their County standard ground last year but made up for it, just, this year. It’s great to see teenage cricketers, well managed and away from the supposed pressure of their league fixtures, thoroughly enjoying their sport. As they left they were keen to meet us again, home and away, next season. They’re welcome. Have a read of our fixture list, find yourself a warm afternoon, bring a bottle of something cool or collect something from The Orchard Tea Rooms and waste an afternoon watching your local cricket team. The standard may be ordinary but there’s not a prettier ground for miles.

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