MCC 287-4 dec; Pilgrims 228-8 ( S G A Walsh 53*). Match drawn

Despite a heavy night of drinking up at Sherborne Town CC we took to the field against the MCC buoyed by the previous day’s terrific win and a desire to avenge the previous year’s defeat to the Club. The MCC won the toss and elected to bat. We started off as well as could be with a wicket from the first ball of our innings! However, the rate of wickets therein dramatically fell, with just a further three falling throughout the rest of the innings. We were grateful when the MCC declared on 287-4 from 50 overs. 

This was obviously a very big total for us to chase in what we knew would be less than 50 overs. Nevertheless, in our normal fashion we went out in a positive manner and to see how close we could get. Despite keeping up with the rate we lost wickets at even intervals and at 169-7 from 34 overs it was decided that we should batten down the hatches and take the draw. J.Franke (31) and Simon Walsh (54*) did a great job in this regard and, despite the former falling in the 41st over, we managed to get to the close of play without being bowled out and earning ourselves a well-deserved draw.