National Village Cup v Frocester
This was one of those games you only see every 10 or 15 years. The massed crowds of circa 200 had congregated to cheer on the home club of Frocester. The massed Perrott supporters exactly 5 sat in the middle of them !
I can only record the highlights by innings, a match review would be even longer !
16 year old Jamie Baird top scoring with 84 including a six which bounced off a passing car and back in to the ground.
Gordon Whorlow 56 returning to form with drives and glances
Jake Symes 32 a skippers innings
Perrott total 227 all out - For the experienced Perrott supporters a feeling we were 25 runs short of the required total and what we should have scored.
The Frocester innings started too brightly but with the deftest of touches with his boot Sam Rowswell deflected the ball on to the stumps and ran the opener out.
Max Dicker giving 110% to the cause sliding over the boundary and in to a BBQ sending the contents everywhere ( grassy sausage anyone ? )
Lorraine Szczepanski tying the batsman down with her spin, bowling 8 overs for just 26 runs and getting Perrott right back in the game.
Sam Rowswell’s second spell taking 2 wickets with his first 2 balls and a 3rd wicket a few balls later to set the home side nerves a jingling.
And then for that final over……….
8 required for victory and Gordy Whorlow is asked or told to bowl it !
2, 1 ,1, 1
Three required from 2 balls, oh no a leg side wide 2 from 2 required. But why is keeper Jamie Baird jumping around like a man possessed celebrating ? Only he and the square leg umpire have seen the ball has hit leg stump. Umpires confer….Decision batsman is out bowled and no wide 3 required from the last ball.
A straight drive to Lewis Hunt who fields, ball thrown to Whorlow at the bowlers end, 2 batsman now at the bowlers end, Whorlow passes the ball to Symes who removes the bails at the wicket keepers end and Perrott secure victory by 1 run.
It takes 2 teams to make a game like this and hats off to the Frocester team and their supporters who were most gracious and sporting in defeat.