Hampshire Hogs 231 (J R E Irving 5-21, C Taylor 3-79); Pilgrims 179  (E J Whiting 84). Lost by 52 runs.

After a challenging few weeks prior to the Hogs Match with players unavailable for various reasons, the Captain Irving had to take part in some crucial negotiations for 2 extra players and 2 substitutes. Of course Oliver Kelly obliged and duly won the toss and chose to bat on a slightly soft wicket. Irving with limited options in the bowling department elected to go for the athletic Charlie Taylor down the hill and himself up the hill.

Optimism was not high but morale was good and this led to Irving taking a spree of LBWs up the hill and Taylor bowling a royal mixture of leg spin and seam up meant that at lunch we felt very much in the game with the score at 150-6.

After lunch the team decided that to stem the flow of runs that Elliott Whiting was our best bet. He, despite saying he couldn’t bowl, ended up taking the crucial wicket and Irving with some tidy wicket to wicket bowling claimed a 5 wicket haul, leaving the Hogs with a very gettable total of 231 with time on our side.

Elliot Whiting (84) applied himself superbly and after 20 overs we had accumulated 55 before the loss of our first wicket. Whiting alongside Will Fortescue then shepherded us to tea with some sturdy defence and elegant shots on the back foot. Unfortunately from this point on, some errant shot selection led to a collapse. Fortescue fell and then some tempting off spin led to the demise of Charlie Taylor and Henry Comlyn, leaving the skipper stranded at the other end.

A game in which an unlikely victory was a genuine possibility, but one we let slip through our hands. Nevertheless, great credit must go the Hogs skipper for making a great game of cricket possible. Let’s hope for one better next year!