On a glorious May day Ivanhoe played Jaguar CC, a late selection from the fixture list, but hopefully lesser components given their vegetarian preferences versus the red-bloody carnivores of Ives. Alas it was not be, carnivores or not, 3 bad omens soon appeared. 1. They arrived early. 2. They were practicing. 3. They were a third of our age. Skip won the toss and put the vegetarians in to bat. The start was good as often it is, with 3 cheap wickets gained (Lionel 2, Christie 1) through good catches from the Duke/Bob and the author. Later their opener fell for 32 to a cleverly disguised (well the cow in the field next door didn’t pick it) slow ball from Christie. From there on it was all downhill with some big hitting from their next 2 batsman who scored 61 and 95. Their tail-enders chipped in and their final score was 262. The pick of the bowlers were Richard (2-19), Skip (2-32) and Christie (2-35).

Tea was taken. Then Ives resolved to show the youngsters the way cricket should be played!! Laurie, Den, and Bob (0/6/0) gave textbook examples of how not to bat. Adrian showed some resolve, hit some nice 4s before falling for 13. It was left to our resident Yorkshireman, Chris “Boycott” Baddeley to show what could have been with a well constructed 35no, demonstrating patience and picking off the loose ball for 4 when warranted.

The oppos skipper cleaned up the tail cheaply with Ives all out for 95.

Oh well – the tour to follow and hopefully some better results to be had.

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