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Hurricane Irma strikes at Coleshill

Rainy days on Sundays always get me down...

Hurricane Irma strikes at Coleshill
Hurricane Irma strikes at Coleshill

If Bear Grylls did a programme on cricket he would have used the match of Jordans Taverners v Salix CC as an example of extreme cricket. The game started on a pitch that was good to firm and ended in heavy going. On a grey Sunday afternoon in early September the skies were heavy, but that did not deter the stalwarts who turned up to play. Was it cricket or was it water polo? The JAVs won the toss and decided to bat first in dry but overcast conditions. Wickets began to tumble as the ducks started to appear even before the rain began. In the 13th over of a 35 over match the JAVs were reduced to 49 for six. The bookies in the car park had packed up their pitches and were heading home. All bets were off. A number of unlikely partnerships appeared, Luke Symons 44 and Martyn Way 77 not out compiled a partnership of 81 whilst Eddie, rolling back the years Matthews scored 3 not out. He and Martyn Way put on a last man stand of 42 runs. The JAVs finally built a total of 187 runs. The rain started and tea was taken.

Soon the JAVs bowlers were getting amongst the Salix attack. With steady rain soaking people to the skin and the ball being wiped after every delivery it became heavy going in more ways than one. As the rains fell so did the Salix wickets. Chairman Sonnex seven overs, two maidens three wickets for 13 runs, and Steveo Leybourne seven overs, three maidens four wickets for 18 runs were amongst the pick of the bowlers. They were eventually all out for 89. 98 runs was the winning margin. A fine victory in inclement weather conditions.

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