CtCCCC gathered for Pemberton’s marquee game in Regents Park on a Friday evening against a burgeoning ATL. Call it what you want but this Pemberton v Dean game had big bragging rights at stake – And That’s Lunch vs. Cambridge to Casablanca Cycling Cricket Club, Cowboy Admin v Relentless Admin, North London v South London, Pembo’s Ringers v Daveaux’s Weird Mates (even featuring the long awaited debut of doble). A huge day for the two clubs.
It must be noted though that Rhys Brennan perhaps due to his journeyman status as a member of both clubs, decided it was unsuitable for him to play. He declared himself unavailable and left Pemberton to dig around north London rustling up spurious ringers with no connections to the side. Before the game I believe Davidson even remarked that he was bringing the fixture into disrepute.
Once the cowboy eventually arrived (with a plentiful supply of food & beer), a toss was conducted, whereby he decided to have a bowl first. CtCCCC would stick them on. Gimson (in his newly found Narine pinch hitting role) and Rudkin decided to swing the bat. CtCCCC would get off to a flyer with a 107 run partnership between the two before Rudkin fell in the 10th over for 48. Narine carried on launching spin out the park, until he perished in the 13th over for 44.
The engine room of Carew, Dillon (a number 5 by trade who was in the unfamiliar position of 4) and Shaw failed to fire and they all came and went rather quickly as Pemberton martialled his field and bowling attack with aplomb via the notes section of his phone. A minor collapse after the start.
This left it to the all-rounders. A jet lagged and weary looking Davidson (undoubtedly in mild disarray) was straight off a plane from Mexico which landed just a couple of hours earlier. Sherwin was on the other hand 7 beers deep having finished term at lunchtime that day. Sherwin at 6. Davidson at 7. But, a tipsy Sherwin, offered the drained Davidson the 6 spot. Rory sensed the chance to assume the finisher role and stepped up. He added vital impetus into the innings before being gloriously run out from a direct hit by sometime cousin and full time adversary Pemberton. Together with Sherwin he got CtCCCC to 191 off 20 overs, with the help of 48 extras (wides counting double and not being re-bowled).
In reply ATL came up against the strong opening bowling partnership of Fairbank & Sherwin, who both bowled very economically and would have been far tighter had it not been for some atrocious fielding from Dillon and Rudkin. After Cassels departed (loaned to ATL by Chairman Dean) for not many, Fraser (Pemberton’s Recruitment ringer) began to build an innings with Saunders. These two began to put ATL in an ominous position in the middle overs, despite a very tidy spell from Dorgan who bowled 4 overs for 21. There was one moment which must be recalled on the boundary which was when a hapless jet lagged Davidson dropped one on the boundary in front of his girlfriend Maddie. What followed I am not sure has ever happened in a CtCCCC club fixture before (Ed. Though there was a not to dissimilar incident after a dropped catch vs. The Moose in 2016). Having shelled the catch they embraced in a long sympathetic hug for what seemed like minutes rather than seconds. The Chairman who was umpiring did not approve. Rumours developed that Davidson may be suspended by Dean.
CtCCCC appeared to be coasting and have the game under control until the 16th over bowled by Gimmers went for 16. Fairbank then bowled an extremely tight over to make the game look all but won. However the famously big 19th over went for 20 as Davidson toiled bowling back of a length. Just 11 were needed off the last. Sherwin the man. Big LBW appeal and Sherwin gets Pembo’s long-time mate Fraser out just a few short of a ton. Looked very out. Dean the umpire who it must be said raised his finger whilst looking at the scoreboard receives a spraying from the batsman, who was excited about his “first ton of the season”. Now 3 wickets down and still no sign of Pemberton who didn’t look to fancy it. Sherwin finished a tidy over to leave ATL just 3 short. Special mention must go to Shaw for a fine leg side take in this over, when Sherwin had opted for a short fine leg. It saved a certain 4 and won CtCCCC the game. Fairbanks figures were 4 overs one for 13 and Sherwin’s were 4 overs one for 18.
A highly competitive and hugely enjoyable game was followed by an enjoyable session at The Volunteer and the talk of many renewals of this fixture to come.
Cambridge to Casablanca Cycling Cricket Club