For the third year in a row, the Allstars tasted victory on our tour of Northumberland. Returning to Rock for the first time since our maiden North-East tour of 2006, with both sides short of numbers we played a 12-wicket game with lowest scorers allowed to return. We restricted our hosts to 136-9 off 40 overs, Tony Grant splendidly leading the attack with 5 wickets and James Hindle taking 3 in a fiery 3-over burst. In reply, Felix Haddow-Allen led the way with an innings of remarkable discipline on a wearing pitch, batting right through the innings for 21 not out while all around him swung the bat – I bashed a quick 18 from number 3, Rob Jackson clubbed 24 and TG saw us home with an unbeaten 29, finishing the game in style with a six as we won with 5 overs to spare.
Sadly we didn’t get to play our usual game against Eglingham, which fell victim to the weather and player shortages.
Many thanks to Tristan for splendidly organising the tour around his and Liz’s (second) wedding, and congratulations to the happy couple!