Oporto Cricket Club, Portugal – Saturday 14 May 2016
Oporto Cricket Club, Portugal – Sunday 15 May 2016
The Tigers had a mixed weekend on their third tour of Porto, losing a low-scoring contest on the first day, but recovering well to fight out a draw on the Sunday thanks to Chris Wright’s fifth Tiger century.
Batting first on the Saturday, the tourists lost three early wickets before a sixteen over partnership between Chris Boden (30) and Stewart Taylor (37) retrieved the situation somewhat, though the innings latterly petered out to 127. In reply, Porto slumped to 30-5 before Vinod Chalindra’s match-winning 74 in just 16 overs. Wrighty put in a great stint with the ball (4-34 in 12.3 overs) along with Matt Webster (2-32) but it was not quite enough to turn the game.
Chalindra continued his heroics on the Sunday smashing 137 from 92 balls before retiring, along with Patel (53 retired) and Graham (63*) piling up 286 in 40 overs before calling a halt to the carnage, as all the bowlers suffered with the exception of Phil Hill (25 from his 7 overs).
The Tigers put up some stubborn resistance for 60 overs to bat out an honorable draw, Chris Wright and Jim Shea putting up a record first-wicket stand of 147 in 40 overs, Jim’s share being 27 from 114 balls, with Wrighty hitting 116 from 149 balls out of a total of 166 (15 fours, 2 sixes), before the seventh-wicket collaboration of Matt Webster and Ian Daffern batted out the final 9 overs to secure a draw.
Note: This report is compiled second hand from statistical information only. No doubt culinary expositions will follow based on the number of lemon lollies and fish risottos consumed.
Meanwhile, here’s Jack celebrating Wrighty’s hundred –
‘He’s one of our own. He’s one of our own. Chris Wrighty, he’s one of our own.’
‘My old man’s a Tottenham fan, ****! ***!’ – yes, that’s quite enough, thank you!