GCC’s middle order were clearly intent on not embarrassing the England team (or India, for that matter) in terms of the number (or lack of number, to be more precise) of runs produced by the traditional engine room of any team. This collapse greeted me upon my arrival and was so rapid that I couldn’t get the shutter snapping fast enough.
Fortunately, John A and Sam L had got GCC of to a great start so runs were on the board. But it fell to Vibhu to engage in a bit of ship righting with John who missed out on missing out on a well earned century falling for nearly 80.
Otherwise it was GCC generously providing our visitors with some gentle catching practice with the exception of a truly remarkable catch to end Vibhu’s knock which the camera missed due to being otherwise engaged.
Vibhu’s start was a bit nervy in the face of some tight spin bowling from the Flycatchers
whose reaction was remarkably diplomatic!
JA was in fine form with some mighty smiting
although not without a few hiccups…
and a boundary through the wicket keeper’s gloves!
Vibhu was soon into his stride..
..and the scoring rate recovered
JA finally departed with an innings rescuing 79
before I missed the spectacular catch that ended Vibhu’s knock as I was taking this photo…
Matt came and went which brought Martin to the wicket for a first ball boundary and the wicketkeeping TK
Before a last over cameo from TK (with his charging leg glance) and Chris M got GCC to 199**…
..and another GCC tea superbly marshalled by Maxine & Lorna
**But would it be enough?? Alas dear readers, it would not as the Flycatchers won a great game of cricket by 5 wickets of the last ball of their allotted overs!