Southwark Park CC vs The Rainmen CC

Prior to the game the captains agree to play a test match style rule that to win the game the chasing side must be bowled out. Both sides have only ten men. We lose the toss and are put into bat by the visitors.

Three out of four of the first four bowlers for the Rainmen are related; a father and his two sons. Robson snr and his boys George and Frank keep it fairly tight but with the short boundaries of the home pitch, we reach 86-1 after 14 overs.

John and Tom open and John hits several lusty blows before holing out caught behind square leg for 22 off the bowling of George Robson. Later, Tom hits the first 50 in the clubs history, bringing up his own milestone and the hundred up with a six in the 16th over. He is eventually bowled by Robson Snr for 65 in the 23rd over. Meanwhile Charlie takes 22 off an over as he reaches his own 50.

Martin comes in at number four and rattles off a fifty of his own before retiring. Charlie keeps going and brings up his century, the very first for the club with the score on 187-2 and then retires. Next man in Dan doesn't stay long at number five as Robson Snr claims another wicket. This brings Adam to the crease for a whirlwind cameo including four sixes and two fours and he finishes on 44 not out with Luke supporting with 11 not out. We reach a massive 310 from 35 overs with the last hundred coming in under 8 overs.

The Rainmen begin their reply and lose one of their openers (Griffiths) cheaply bowled by Richard for 5. He tries to claim that it was a no ball as he is yorked by the ball's second bounce and departs with somewhat less than good humour about it. The other opener (Rose) and new batsman Pool dig in with a handy partnership for the visitors making 22 and 32 respectively until Nick bowls both of them. Next batsman Polencec also makes 22 before being caught by Luke off the bowling of Charlie. At the other end Canter makes 16 before being caught off the bowling of Martin.

After this the home side are on top as Charlie dismisses the next two batsman, one to an excellent slip catch by Martin and the other bowled, in consecutive balls both for ducks. However, his hat-trick ball is solidly defended by the next batsman Robson Snr. He sticks around for some time and by this time it is clear that the visitors are playing for a draw. He survives a close and controversial appeal for caught behind off Martin's bowling before Adam bowls the elder of his two sons for 10 after several overs of brave resistance. This brings his younger brother to the crease.

The final over arrives with Robson Snr facing Charlie and the home side needing one wicket for victory. The first four deliveries are dot balls. The fifth is edged behind with a huge appeal from bowler, wicket keeper and most of the rest of the home side but the umpire's finger stays down to widespread bemusement. The final ball of the match comes and the result is the same, edged behind and caught by wicket-keeper, Dan. Another huge appeal and this time the batsman walks and the home side have their first victory of the season!

We win by 158 runs and the Man of the Match is Charlie with 103 not out and 4 for 14.