JAVS Victorious

and glorious

JAVS Victorious
JAVS Victorious

The day started badly for the travelling Ruislip Victoria squad; a communications disaster led them to arrive at the deserted Seer Green Recreation Ground. They eventually found their way to Coleshill, but  the tone had been set and their day went sharply downhill from there.

Choosing to bat first (a rare vote of confidence in his fragile batting order) Captain Yolland was forced to question his bold decision when the first wicket fell with the score at 12 runs. The usually gritty Leybourne falling to a loose forcing shot. At this point, the JAVs' gun bat, Pete Goldsmith, strode manfully to the crease and, 262 runs later without another wicket falling, Yolland was both vindicated and relieved. A club record partnership then, with Sonnex prodding and deflecting to an earnest 81 in contribution. Goldsmith finished on a brutal 182 not out, just short of the JAVs individual batting record. Magnificent. 327 for 3 off 40 overs.

A small mountain faced the Victorians (Ben Nevis, possibly), but this soon became a mighty peak (let's say The Eiger) once the JAVs attack set about the visiting batsmen. The wickets were fairly evenly shared: 2 each for Turney, Barton and Leybourne and 1 for Hungin (J) . Ruislip rallied late to a total of 202, but victory was assured well before the closing over. 

Of note were 2 catches from Ryan, including a fine take over his head and 1 catch from Yolland (very much his father's son).

It is to hoped that the visitors found the correct address on their return journey and that reports of a minivan full of disgruntled cricketers circling Northolt Airport late in to Sunday night were unrelated to their safe journey home.


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