Tuesday July 12 v MCC- won by 7 wickets
MCC 211-9, P.C.A. Dunne 64, G.A. Adair 64; A.D. Nurton 5-22, A.K. Murdoch 2-73 Pilgrims 215-3 (C. Wake 88*, F.E. Taylor 78, H.P. Lamb 2-30, T.H. Schmidt 1-38)
In line with tradition, the MCC went into bat first. The “Sherby Squeeze” was felt early by the MCC, with 8 maidens being bowled in the first 12 overs.The MCC were wise of the Pilgrims opening attack, causing them to drop their star batsman, G.A. Adair, from opening to number five. This obviously had nothing to do with his antics from the night before. P.C.A Dunne worked hard to get to 64, however was aided by some of the Pilgrims lackadaisical fielding. The quote of “Catches win matches” started to creep into the thoughts of the Pilgrims. As expected, G.A. Adair came in and managed to release the shackles of the “Sherby Squeeze”. A.K. Murdoch did very well in tying up an end by bowling 16 overs on the trot, getting 2 wickets for his effort. The opening bowler A.D. Nurton, with no wickets to his name as it stood, returned to bowl some tweaks. In this spell he managed to rake in a 5 wicket hall, potentially paving the way for a change in bowling action late on in his career. MCC decided to declare on 211-9.
When the Pilgrims came into bat, it looked like a potentially tough task to score the runs in the time remaining. However, the captain and opener, F.E. Taylor, took matters into his own hands. He smashed a swashbuckling 78 off 45 balls, with a little catching practise in-between. This swung the momentum of the game massively to the Pilgrims. The innings was anchored by C. Wake, showing a classy display of batting to bring the team home with an 88*. This gave the Pilgrims a comfortable victory by 7 wickets.