Surprisingly against familiar and friendly opposition this turned out to be a rather flat encounter.
It was a warm sunny evening and having battled through heavy traffic that seemed to have gridlocked the city The Badgers eventually ended up with eleven players. In the absence of the skipper Gareth as his new deputy took charge. At least he won the toss and elected to bat. The innings got off to a steady if unspectacular start against a good attack. Anthony took advantage of batting up the order scoring a fine 17 runs as Steve, Chris, Ian Sullivan and Dave Bratley all chipped in supporting him. The later stages were given some much needed momentum by the prodigal Simon Jones who opened his account with a maximum and whose first four scoring strokes accumulated 20 runs. Someone had enough of this and ran him out for a fine 36 leaving Alyn, Craig and Gareth to garner what they could. 120 was a respectable score and has many times been a winning one.
The Badger bowling started in generous mood as a strong Harpist batting outfit took up the chase. Even the late chairman could not produce his legendary magic. Gareth was the only bowler to really earn respect. Simon and Craig managed a wicket a piece as the Harpists got across the line with a couple of overs to spare.
The highlights were to see Barry, Roger and Colin in support. It is a pity they did not witness a more memorable game.
However, as the excitement builds towards the long awaited Italian adventure and the Badgers return to their foraging ground at Underhill next week the intensity will surely be expressed in our next encounter with occasionally cross All stars from Mumbles.
Forbear the chianti for just a while longer - we need a win.
Underhill Park, Mumbles, Swansea
CAPTAIN - Dave Smith 07941 255846
VICE CAPTAIN - Simon Jones 07590 677504
Guildhall Pitches - 3.30-4.30pm - 635411