Paulin Ground, Winchmore Hill Sunday 23 August 2015
Ignoring, for the moment, extant theories on the probability of Sunday rainfall, this match would not have taken place had one hearkened to the bloated and collectivist BBC weather forecasters, having predicted biblical floods and a possible nuclear holocaust for the period of this game. As it happened, there was light rain for about an hour and, with the pitch covered, the ground had dried sufficiently for cricket to begin at 3 pm. Sadly, the climate prognosis had deterred a number of players, the Tigers being able to pass muster only nine and the visitors eight.
In the circumstances a 20-over contest was agreed, though this was not ideal for a side of creaking old bones, dodgy calf muscles and strained Achilles tendons, pitted against a younger, fitter outfit. Despite being a man down, the Whalers batted, bowled and fielded well, ran intelligently between the wickets, sent down hardly any long hops or full tosses and thoroughly deserved their 30-run victory.
All their batters made runs at a sensible rate, with only Mike Delanian (3-33) making any inroads after the openers had put up 78 for the first wicket. Chris ‘one more week’ Wright, making a tentative return following a long injury spell, took a sharp catch off his own bowling, but a final total of 140 appeared daunting though attainable.
Sadly, the Tiger reply never really got off the ground, due to much torpid running between the sticks (which occasioned three run outs). Only the second wicket partnership of Andy Ward (17) and Chris Dane (28) – 40 in 6 overs, showed the required urgency. Richard Burgess (20) and Jimmy Carter (15) added 38 for the sixth wicket in 7 overs, but by then any hope of victory had disappeared.
There will now be a two week break before the next fixture due to the August Bank Holiday, allowing members a much needed rest from their unavailability.
CLOUDBUSTING, a track written and performed by Kate Bush from her 1985 album Hounds of Love, is based on the relationship between Austrian-American Wilhelm Reich and his son Peter, recalled in Peter’s A Book of Dreams. Reich Senior was a controversial psychologist and philosopher who invented a machine for producing rain – The Cloudbuster. Persecuted by the authorities for his views and ideas, he died in prison when Peter was only 13.
The song is probably most famous for its accompanying seven minute film, conceived by Bush and Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam, and directed by Julian Doyle, featuring Hollywood actor Donald Sutherland as Reich and Bush herself as son Peter, filmed in the Vale of the White Horse in Berkshire. Sutherland gave his services for free, on a welcome break from filming the dreadful Revolution, where he was apparently not getting on too well with the film’s star Al Pacino. Reviews for this film were so bad that it almost ended Pacino’s career. ‘A mouse of a movie, despite its epic pretensions; swallowed by incoherent set-pieces, the period setting falters under the Method acting of its star’ (Halliwell’s Film Guide). Revolution, based around the American War of Independence, also features singer Annie Lennox and a very young Sid Owen, better known as Ricky Butcher from EastEnders.
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