Canford Cygnets 227  (W M Smibert 5-36);Pilgrims 230-9  (PF C Langly-Smith 78,  W M Smibert 59 not out) – Won by 1 wicket.

The last night of The Week often renders the most bleary eyed Pilgrims, and so it was with much difficulty that the team made their way over to Canford School for the final fixture of the Cricket Week. Despairingly, skipper Fergus Taylor lost the toss and so it was, under clear blue skies, that we very gingerly took to the field. As is always the case at the end of a long week of cricket, the team lacked depth in the bowling department and so it was to our credit that we managed to bowl Canford out for 227, certainly a below par score on a very good wicket. The pick of the bowlers was Will Smibert, who having taken his first wicket for the Pilgrims the previous day, displayed great control and skill in taking 5 wickets (5-36-7.4).

We began our chase very positively, with Pete Langly-Smith smashing the ball to all parts of the ground in a quick-fire 78. Yet, this strong position was soon threatened by the fall of a number of quick wickets, the worst of which being the dismissal of the skipper Fergus Taylor: having scored 400 runs in his previous 5 innings it was amazing to see his demise at the hands of the infamous Mark Mitchener (whose notorious hand-grenades reach an altitude of a Boeing 747 and travel at the velocity of a slow-moving glacier). Yet, Will Smibert put his hand up as the hero of the hour, guiding us home with a wonderful 59 not out to add to his 5 wicket haul. We certainly made it hard for ourselves but we got there in the end, capping off an excellent week in which we won four matches and lost two.