Bishop Stortford’s Flycatchers visited on Sunday and for once the spectators were not treated to a run fest at Spring Lane. The Ground looked its usual immaculate self and the pitch seemed true enough credit is due to the bowlers and fielders. Talking of fielding, I arrived just in time to snap Finn missing an awkward one (apologies Finn) but I did get him (and Vibhu) grabbing catches later. No real pyrotechnics with the bat and the consensus amongst the Rose swilling contingent was that the Flycatchers 165 from 35 overs was a good but gettable score.
The splendid new GCC blazers were being modelled by players and spectators as Tea approached. Although , some more successfully than others… Tea itself proved to be well up to scratch as I was able to verify myself (after the players had finished, I hasten to add).
GCC started steadily as Kamal & JA put on around 50 for the first wicket against some canny arm twirling from the Flycatchers. This brought the Master Blaster to the wicket and an expectant hush fell over the spectators as we realised the Rose had run dry. So it was on to white. The Flycatchers proved up to their name in the field* sending JA and the MB back to the newly restored marquee (great job, Jerry!). Sadly in spite of Captain for the day, Jamie’s efforts GCC slid further behind the run rate as the hosts waited in vain for the weak link in the visitors bowling attack to appear. So congratulations to the Flycatchers for a great display in the the field and their 25 run victory.
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- You need to know a bit about the language of baseball to appreciate the nuanced brilliance of this pun