Pilgrims 125 (C A L Leach 24);Eton Ramblers 127-6 (A P Pusinelli 3-24). Lost by 4 wickets.

The clash against Eton is always a fantastic way to end the season, and it was a shame that this time the game had to be reduced to a Twenty20 clash. With the heavens always threatening, it was planned to hold two 20-over matches, but the rain started to come down after the third ball of the day, and through true British grit, one game was played.

We won the toss on what looked to be a good wicket, and after the early dismissal of Will Smibert, Tom Gibbs and Charlie Leach looked to lay a platform. With one generous close boundary, runs were not too difficult to come by in the early stages, but as the rain came down, the wicket became skiddier and skiddier, and the outfield thicker and thicker. One slipped under the bat of Gibbs, and castled his stumps, but Humphrey Rose steadied things nicely as he and Leach took the game to the bowlers.

But just as they looked comfortable, a run out would cost the Pilgrims, as a stereotypical collapse took place. Only one of the remaining batsman would go to double figures on the stickiest of wickets, with the Pilgrims eventually limping to 127 all out, with six batsmen out bowled. On this wicket however, it was defendable.

Off spinner Dom Bell was entrusted with sharing the new ball, and skipper Alex Pusinelli’s call was rewarded with an early breakthrough; Bell skidding one through to bowl his man. Those types of dismissal were becoming all too familiar, especially so when Alastair Pusinelli came into the attack. The younger of the two brothers struck with a brilliant yorker with just his second delivery, and removed another batsman in similar fashion in his next over. With the Ramblers now 40-odd for 3, the Pilgrims could smell blood.

Alastair Pusinelli was in on the act once again, managing to find some rare bounce in the wicket this time, with the batsman’s attempted pull shot falling straight to Bell on the leg side. However, with this dismissal brought a big hitter to the crease, and the game started to sway back in the Ramblers favour.

With the bowlers now starting to slip on the crease, controlling the ball was difficult, and the boundaries started to come. An over from Ben Lyons going for 14 put the Ramblers in the ascendency, with a stray throw due to a sopping ball from Archie Isles hitting the keepers helmet and awarding our opponents with five penalty runs. Tom Gibbs gave Sherborne a late lifeline with two wickets in as many overs, but two successive fours followed by a six finished the game  in style for the Ramblers, who just had the upper edge on the day.