The advantages of a closer-to-home tour were plain as the depleted Blades side of the day before was bolstered by the arrival of fresh, talented cricketers. Fay, junior and senior, made the trip east; Afzal, thanks to the persuasive power of social media, had made himself available the night before; and in the biggest coup, the rumours around camp came true as Phil The Kid Moradi returned to The Blades for the first time in a decade.
Afzal and Galpin opened the bowling and after an expensive third over with three fours, restricted the Glynde batsmen to 29-2 after eight overs. Afzal in particular giving very little away in a 2-2 spell that included two wicket maidens. Humphrey and H Fay stepped up at first change, the latter claiming a wicket in his first over. But while his teammates stuttered, the number one batsman was helping himself to a retirement at 50 in the 13th with the score chugging along at 81-3. Then the historic return of The Kid, thundering in from the pavilion end, partnered by Terry from the village end. H Fay took a fine catch from a 6-or-out hoik to long off, patiently watching the ball right to his hands despite the interference of the sun. Between them, Moradi and Terry restricted the rate, the score slowing to 131-5 off 22.
H Fay came into the attack in the 23rd, an over interrupted by the arrival of a swarm of wasps at the batsman’s crease which caused a mass evacuation to the bowler’s end and a break in play. When order was restored, Fay splayed the stumps for the 6th wicket, and in the next over Terry claimed a wicket maiden for the 7th. Galpin returned to the attack for the 30th with the score at 180-7, H Fay taking a spectacular diving catch close to the square for the eighth wicket. Afzal also returned to partner and bring the innings towards its end. Glynde, their retiree back at the square, began to hit out as Tea approached, several big hits soaring over the ropes and into the trees or river. The final over began with Afzal claiming another victim, and with Glynde having only ten players, that closed the innings on a daunting 233 for 9.
Moradi and Hamer opened for Blades, the former helping himself to two fours in the opening over, and the total quickly rushing to 26-0 after 5. The 6th saw another eleven on the total but at the cost of Moradi, dismissed by a stunning diving catch at square leg. Galpin headed to the crease to join Hamer who was caught shortly after, to be replaced by H Fay who hit a huge 6 in the 9th only to be bowled with the score at 58-3. Farmer joined Galpin but the bowling attack turned the screw, keeping the rate below that required. Galpin was caught in the 16th with the score at a respectable 94-4 but not matching the near-7 an over needed.
Humphrey joined Farmer as the halfway point approached, and the two forged a solid partnership, grabbing boundaries when allowed, and singles where they could be found. The 26th over saw the score reach 144-4 and the 50 partnership, but they weren’t finished yet. The bowling attack still didn’t allow Cinz and the KDog to lift the rate high enough to bring the Blades back on level terms but the next 50 of the partnership came in just 7 overs. The 33rd saw Humphrey reach his half-century and the pair make their century stand. In the 34th Farmer also reached his 50 and the Blades electronically-displayed score reached 200 but despite the magnificent efforts of both batsmen, there was a sense that Blades would still fall short of their target. The 34th over also saw Humphrey caught on 56, and with a brief cameo by Chamberlain, Blades’ total stood at 209-6; 25 needed in the last over. Farmer’s innings came to an end when he was caught for 52, and Terry joined Lowe for the last few balls. But sadly Blades ran out of overs, and Lowe’s LBW on the final ball of the innings meant the tourists had fallen just 19 runs short of their target on 215 for 8
RESULT: Glynde WIN by 18 runs
Champagne moment contenders:
Farmer/Humphrey 100 partnership, both with 50s
H Fay’s diving catch
Afzal 2-2 in his first spell