It was not the best morning to be playing away at St Margaret's, on top of the cliff, and when Jack lost the toss and we were inserted on a very uneven-looking wicket, half of the team were glad for the sanctuary of the changing room, to get away from a bitingly- cold wind.
Euan Sahadow, now minus his plaster- cast and making his debut for the Park, was quickly into his stride. He struck the ball venomously to all parts, with one enormous pull-shot for 6 which sailed over the adjacent tennis courts and disappeared for a good part of the innings !
Euan soon retired on 33, but the momentum of the innings was maintained with Jack joining Alex in another unbroken partnership, with both players putting the bad ball away beautifully and running well between the wickets. The shot of the morning was undoubtedly a back-foot drive from Alex, through the covers for 4.
So with our first 3 batsmen back in the hutch, retired, it was important for the middle order to keep the momentum going. Harry and Barney didn't disappoint and they helped us to a very satisfactory 153 for 3 off our 20 overs.
Jack and Euen opened the bowling and bowled with pace - and the bowling and fielding generally, were too good for a young St Margaret's side. The wickets were shared around, with the highlight undoubtedly being 2 in 2 balls for Max - and he wasn't far out with his hat-trick ball either ! Tristan bowled well on his debut and George and Harry were their usual accurate selves.
The innings finished on 67 for 9 - an easy victory for the Park boys who are improving all of the time. Special mentions for Nat who kept well on a very difficult pitch - and for Finlay and James who hardly put a foot wrong in the field, when hands were like blocks of ice.
By Paul Woodward