Fantasians vs Tusmore Park – 4th July 2015

On 4th July, the Fantasians travelled to Tusmore Park in Oxfordshire for the inaugural fixture against a side run by a Fantasian. After a warm up in the Muddy Duck, we kicked off a 40 over game at 1:30 having put ourselves in to bat. The opening partnership of 90 made by Roly Ingleby Mackenzie and George Ledger 40 and 50 (retired) respectively got us off to a good start. Other notable performances came from Alexander Ledger who had not played for 2 years (50 retired) and Simon Marsh (50 retired). We finished our overs having hit 264 and all players got to bat.

After a sumptuous tea, Nick Charlier and George Petrie opened the bowling. Alex ledger cameoed with the ball for one over and took a wicket and gracefully retired to the boundary where he dropped a pair. Tom Ledger, George Ledger, Guy VN all bowled well with George Ledger taking 4 catches. Wickets started to gently fall however the run rate did begin to sneak up due to a few of the Tusmore bats digging in. John Bullock joined the fray to throw down some hard to hit “military medium” in an attempt to keep the run rate down. Simon Marsh being a sporting chap was bowling at half pace due to a few young in the team but helped keep the run rate down. Mark Bradburn was injured to stood fast in the slips and we enjoyed much of his “banter” if you can call it that.

Despite our best efforts, the Tusmore Captain, Roger Yates came in at 10 and took the game away from us with an excellent knock. However cricket was the real winner – an excellent and most sporting day which will hopefully be repeated next year and in many years to come.