The Battle of Waldron

Waldron is a Sussex village to which the adjective ‘charming’ may truly be applied.  Its quirky cricket ground is one of the oldest in the county and the country.  An appropriate venue for a Bushmen team with three septuagearnians, a quartet (or more) of sexagenarians and scarcely anybody below the age of thirty!  Will Jones is the team’s lonely ‘youth policy’.  So readers of Lyndon Jones’ match report will make one or two allowances.  Lyndon was captain for the day and did the team proud with bat and ball. Here is his modest report. Ed.

 

A tough ask for the Bushmen at Waldron against a very much better team. Facing seasoned veterans and 1st XI players from Stowe and Charterhouse, we were likely to look a bit ordinary. Waldron won the toss, and – on a hot, cloudless afternoon and a dry wicket – decided to bat. A timed match, tea to be taken at 5.  
 
The Bushmen started very well indeed – at drinks after 20 overs, Waldron were 71-1. Howard Owens and Will Jones opened very tidily, and Simon Marcus (claiming what would be the only Waldron wicket) bowled terrifically. It was a disaster for us when a muscle strain pretty much ended Simon’s match.
 
Waldron batted until 5pm, declaring on 239-1 off 39 or 40 overs. Two of their players (including their captain) chalked up a ton, and the last 10 overs were pretty hard work. 
 
The Bushmen never really challenged the total, although flurries of runs, particularly by Mobray Jackson (desperately unlucky to be caught in the slips by a sensational one-handed catch) kept it interesting. The Bushmen wrapped their innings at 170-odd for 7. Lyndon Jones surprised everyone, including visiting pets, by top scoring with 95. The regrets of not making a ton were more than outweighed by the misery of having run out John Whitehead.   
 
Game drawn.
Lyndon’s innings was one of application, concentration and courage.  He had to face Tom, the Waldron secret weapon, who bowled very fast and very short. I was informed that ‘Tom only knows one way to bowl’.  I cannot tell you how relieved I was to be the non-batting number eleven! Ed.