Match one: v Bryanston Butterflies .

Bryanston Butterflies 89-6 (A.Nurton 2-12, S. Lamb 2-13); Pilgrims 90-4 (C. Taylor 36). Won by 6 wickets.

Having won the previous year’s tournament, we were to start our defence of the cup against hosts Bryanston on the first team pitch. Captain Fergus Taylor lost the toss, a theme for the Week, and Bryanston elected to bat. Despite this setback we began our bowling innings very positively with tight and accurate spells from openers A. Nurton (2-12, four overs) and P. Reynolds (1-22, four overs). Our fielding was excellent and the openers were well supported by the other bowlers who also bowled with exceptional accuracy – F.Taylor 0-14, four overs, Simon Lamb 2-13, four overs and S. Carty, 1-16, four overs. As a result of such tight bowling and fielding we managed to restrict Bryanston to 89-6 off their 20 overs. 

Chasing such a low total our openers went about their work diligently and carefully, knowing that Bryanston had to bowl us out in order to have a chance of winning. C.Taylor anchored the innings with a well-struck 36 that saw us reach Bryanston’s total with the loss of 4 wickets in the seventh over. A great performance and a great start to the Week! 

Match two: vs Canford Cygnets .

Pilgrims 187-4 (F Taylor 63, P Reynolds 56*);Canford Cygnets 191-8, 19.2 overs  (A Nurton 4-22). Lost by 2 wickets.

Having put in an excellent performance in the semi-final we were greatly looking forward to the final itself and the opportunity to retain the Stour cup. Fergus Taylor won the toss and elected to bat. He opened up with debutant Seb Carty and the brief was to go out and be as positive as possible. Despite the lost of Carty for 6, we got off to a decent start with Taylor playing aggressively. At the 10 over mark we were 79-1 and in a great position to post a big total. Taylor kicked on before falling for a well-struck 63 in the 13th over. Patrick Reynolds took over from this position therein, also playing aggressively for his 55* and helping the Pilgrims set a very competitive 187 from their twenty overs. 

We knew that Canford had some decent players in their side and that we would need to be at our best to win the game. In the end it was a thrilling chase that saw us just miss out with Canford getting our total with four balls to spare. Apart from Nurton, who bowled exceptionally well to post figures of 4-22, all the bowlers went for runs, not because of inaccurate bowling as such, rather, as a result of some class batting from two of their players whose partnership in the middle overs took the game away from us. Quick wickets in the 19th over saw us in with a chance again, but it was not to be. An objectively great game of cricket but a loss that was tough to take having posted such a competitive first innings total and having been so close to victory on a number of occasions.