Won by 77 runs

Pilgrims 374-6 dec ( F E Taylor 84, W.Smibert 31) , Butterflies 297.

Upon arriving at the upper, bright and early, we realised that we would be playing on the same wicket which had provided a 7 wicket win and impressive chase against the MCC the previous day. As the toss loomed both teams had amassed only 8 players and so bat first seemed like the logical decision to allow the remainder of the team to arrive. Both captains however were set on the decision to bowl first on what appeared to be something of a road. Here a stroke of luck favoured us in Fergus Taylor’s inability to win a toss and we soon found ourselves injected against the now 9 man butterfly fielding unit.

Things started nicely with the first over going for 21 with 11 wides in there and progressed rapidly from there. Smibert and F Taylor played aggressively on a trusting wicket which meant that, by lunch, The Pilgrims were on 152-2 with F Taylor (84) and W Smibert (31) back in the hutch. G The mid order  took up the mantle from here momentum was continued by C Taylor (21) and A Nurton (26*) to bring the total up to 374-6 from our 50 overs. This is believed to be both one of the largest totals hit on The Upper and by The Pilgrims.

Ruing the decision to insert us, Bryanston started their innings positively and quickly found themselves on 117-1 at tea. The fielding and bowling was proving to be just as difficult to control as earlier in the day but, after a good feed, The Pilgrims reasserted themselves on the game and reduced The Butterflies to 126-6. A. Nurton (10-1-42-1) and P Hancock (9.1-0-41-2) bowled very tidily and somehow managed to go at less than 1-a-ball in a very high scoring game. R. Edlmann managed to acquire a brace of wickets in the vital period after tea. Despite M. Davies’ (98) best efforts, Bryanston finished on 297 all out off of 46.1 overs. This was an excellent all round performance on what was a good track and fast outfield.