Written by Paul Armstrong - Cryptics Captain.
After discovering that his opening bowler had not received the e-mails about the game (cunningly sent to his old address), skipper Armstrong lost the toss; things did not start well. Sending 13-year-old prodigy Prithvi Shaw saw something of a change to the skipper’s fortunes however. After the worried conversation from the opening bowler about whether he should bowl properly at the young lad, Shaw promptly smashed him for 14 off the first over, before racing on to a very rapid 50. So rapid in fact that when he reached the milestone his opening partner James Righetti had scored only 7. Once Shaw was dismissed for 69 through an excellent bowling change from the opposition skipper, bringing on the veteran bowler, Paul Wordsworth and the skipper taking that catch himself. We then were treated to an excellent curry (as usual) which was enjoyed by all, Righetti thought that he should bat properly and with suitable support from the experienced Simon Halliday, the scratchy-looking Paul Armstrong and the frenetic Sam Halfhead, he went on to score a tasty 126* - his first hundred for the club and his first in the UK. A before half-time declaration allowed us plenty of time to bowl them out. Hasting came down the hill and picked up 3 early wickets before Shaw came on to complete his Cryptics debut with a spell of 6 -5-1-3 and to rip the heart out of the Middleton Stoney innings, not to mention a direct hit run-out of their opening bat. The other Debutant Adam Diprose checked in with 2-18 bowling his leggies (he is a blonde Aussie), and Middleton subsided to 90 all out, leaving the Cryptics victorious by some 161 runs. Excellent hospitality, much ribbing of the opening bowler for Middleton asking why he didn’t bowl properly to Shaw (who was then asked to autograph a bat by one entrepreneurial member of the opposition looking for future profit!) brought a thoroughly pleasant day to a close.