Lost by 30  runs.

Old Wellingtonians 318-9. Pilgrims 288 ( T. Gibbs 87, F E Taylor 34, T Kerridge 29).

Upon arriving at Wellington, it was quite clear to us that winning the toss and batting first on a very good wicket with a very quick outfield was essential. Unfortunately, it was not to be, and we gingerly took to the field.

The Old Wellingtonians initially amassed runs very quickly, in part, due to a complete lack of movement from the new ball and, perhaps more significantly, as a result of some particularly wayward bowling. However, The Old Wellingtonians dominance was not long-lived. Tom Atkins came on and bowled 10 excellent and, importantly, economical overs to finish with figures of 3-47. He was well supported by controlled spells from both Humphrey Gibbs and Tom Keane who finished with figures of 2-52. At lunch the game was nicely balanced with the Old Wellingtonians on 120 for 4 off 19 overs. After lunch there was plenty of both runs and wickets with the OWs continuing to play aggressively and to score at a decent rate. An excellent hundred, albeit one that might well have been much briefer had the man in question been given out dead in front on 45, gave the OWs an excellent platform and, despite continuing to lose wickets throughout, concluded their innings with a strong total of 318 for the loss of 9 wickets.

Clearly this was a sizeable target but, such was the quality of the wicket, speed of the outfield, and our positivity that the score certainly did not seem unattainable. However, our optimism was dealt a swift blow in losing the notoriously aggressive Tom Atkins within the first 4 overs. Tom Gibbs and Charlie Carline steadied the ship before the latter was caught on 18. Next in was Fergus Taylor whose innings was sweet, but unfortunately short scoring 34 off 8 balls. Despite the loss of these three wickets though, we were well up with the run rate and very much in the game on 123 for 3 off 17 overs. Tom Greville-Williams and Tom Gibbs built a prosperous partnership over the next 10 overs with the former scoring a hard-earned 27 and the latter a fine knock of 87. The loss of these two wickets hurt us dearly though and the game looked dead and buried until Tom Kerridge (yes another Tom!) came in and smashed a quick-fire 29 only to be run out in exceptionally controversial circumstances when we were just 30 short of the oppositions total with 6 overs still to play and two wickets in hand. Kerridge smashed the ball down the ground, charged up the wicket with the ball having beaten the bowler, only for it to then crash into the side of the umpire’s ankle. Whilst Kerridge was apologising to the umpire for striking his ankle, the ball had trickled to mid-off who picked it up and ran him out. Ultimately this proved decisive as we were bowled out for 288 off 46 overs in what was a great game of cricket. If we had batted our last 4 overs then the result might have been very different indeed.