The scene was set for a quintessential afternoon of cricket as North Enfield 1st XI travelled to the historic country estate of Knebworth House. A cricketing theatre stooped in history, culture and peerages that once played home to the playwright Edward Bulmer-Lytton who notably postulated that "the pen is greater than the sword".
Stepping out the bat first in a cacophony of heat, Jones celebrated becoming a quadragenarian with a beautiful century, in doing so providing the platform for the middle-order to exhibit their penchant for attacking flair with Gillman also compiling a fine 50. Though Jones may have progressively turned to a hue of Cerise during his innings, his 102 left the Knebworth attack feeling decidedly blue after toiling away through the immense heat yet conceding 220 runs.
The response began swiftly with Bartlett-Tasker (54), donning a fine vintage 3/4 length sleeved shirt, scoring rapidly to place the home side in a commanding position after 16 overs, suddenly 225 seemed an altogether achievable chase. However after A.V.Khan yielded wickets with consecutive balls before the knockout blow was landed by "Mohammed" R. Lee, a devastating spell which extirpated the Knebworth middle-order.
After this Knebworth had set their hopes on a draw despite requiring under 4 runs per over to win. Much like an uncompetitive school sports day this tactic exhibited a unfathomable dearth of ambition on what still remained a good batting surface. Thus it was that although no swords were drawn, North Enfield felt the sting of blunt-edged stoicism with the game culminating in a draw.
Special mention must go to Andy "AP" Pearson, who produced a moment of sheer comedy: making his way out to bat for the final ball of the North Enfield innings only for the umpires to prematurely call "over" promoting an about turn half-way to the wicket. #Legend