Ramsbottom 1st XI lost to Norden 1st XI by 3 wickets – May 27th 2022

Scorecard is here and recording if livstream here 

Friday night is party night at this time of year and the clubs super generous offer of two bottles of almost vintage prosecco for £25 added at least two to the gate although I think Aussie George’s sister Ellie had nowt on so may have come anyway. As the temperature slid below ten degrees the players shuffled onto the field, twenty hands in twenty pockets. Norden resplendent in cerise, our heroes in green and black and black and green and black and black and maybe one little leprechaun in double green. If we make it to the play offs, I can see the Real Madrid shirts the chairman was handing out Saturday night may be seen again subject to copyright.

And so, reluctantly, to the game. Rammy ground their way to 103 without anything of note troubling the author’s pencil although Ben Parky showed glimpses of the explosive power that punctuated last summer before he headed back down the Mississippi. Norden’s reply was similarly uneventful. Zaidi scored at will without ever looking like getting out. Even a late order collapse including the great man himself didn’t seem to dent their progress and they duly won with three wickets and more than two overs to spare.