Cormorants 199 ( P J R Reynolds 4-23); Pilgrims 201-4 ( F E Taylor 75, T A J Gibbs 42*). Won by 6 wickets.

This game clashed with England’s World Cup semi-final against Australia. The only explanation for such a blunder is that nobody at the ICC has heard of the Pilgrims Week, another black mark against the name of that forlorn organisation. Fortunately, the Cormorants brought a loudhailer that allowed frequent score updates to be relayed from the pavilion to players and umpires in the middle – a rôle in which Will Smibert distinguished himself. Another toss lost, the Pilgrims went into the field heartened by early English breakthroughs at Edgbaston. AD Nurton bowled beautifully down the hill without reward and with increasing frustration, beating the bat and finding the edge repeatedly only to see chances fall short of and put down by the slip cordon, and a stumping missed. But Pusinelli did break through, dismissing both openers. After that, Patrick Reynolds was the pick of the bowlers with 4-23 and the other wickets were shared by part-timers – Charlie Taylor’s mystery spin bought one and younger brother Harry took a wicket with his first ball in Pilgrims cricket. Even Gibbs struck, courtesy of a successful Franke stumping that would have poured oil on the flames of Nurton’s wrath had he not already left the field. All of Clayesmore’s top 6 made double figures but none went on and they were all out for an eminently gettable 199. Whiting and FE Taylor led the chase. Taylor only knows one way to play and played in muscular fashion on his way to 75 in double-quick time, while Whiting, still reaching for top form, fell for 9 (still enough to lift his Pilgrims average considerably). Franke kept his captain company, making 18, before they both fell in quick succession. C Taylor decided he couldn’t face batting after tea and holed out in the last over of the session, and it was left to Gibbs and Walsh (a, 05-10) to complete a comfortable victory that mirrored the national side’s thrashing of the old enemy.