A lovely day at last for our longest trip out this year, but sadly as the preceding week had gone for various reasons the team personnel had gone through some different changes.
Arriving to find a wet uncovered wicket - amazing we were playing really - we chose to bat first as otherwise it may have been a very long afternoon.
We welcomed 2 new players to our ranks - Luke Rees and Richard 'the sledger' Stevenson.
Looking around for openers it became clear it was yours truly again with Charlie Wand standing up to partner me.
I gave a rousing speech about it being a 45 over game and last as long as we could and the runs would come.
As it was I didn't help it when I fell very early (again) for a duck as their opening bowlers had fun swinging a new ball at will over the ocean that was the wicket.
Wickets tumbled faster that the over rate and it looked like it would be all over before we got to the drinks break, but a determined effort to stay in from Jack Surtees saw us at least get past that milestone and post 46 - extras being the highest score and then Jack.
In between, Luke had showed flashes of what might come in the future (showing me that my bat had more than just edges), and Sledger Stevenson showed us he did possess an awesome cover drive.
Everyone fell in one way or another to the slow wet wicket, but that was what we faced and so would the opposition.
Tea was lovely and gave us renewed energy. I pulled on the keeping pads and gloves (first time this decade and second this century) and we were off.
Jack opened the bowling and suddenly found the line and length he had been searching for all year. He bowled a fine spell without result and was complimented, quite rightly, on a newly found rhythmic run up and lovely action.
At the other end Harry Napier was having fun with the conditions, showing he can swing a ball as much as anyone and bring the ball from well outside off to leg with a lovely left arm action, eventually getting a deserved caught and bowled.
Paul Orgill came on to bring some slowing bowling on to try and slow the run rate and was rapidly let down by yours truly having only got a finger to a bottom edge, his first over not being up to his usual metronomic standard.
In the meantime Charlie Wand, having rediscovered seam up bowling, decided to try his hand at swing and seam and found both, but even with such good bowling it was just too much to ask them to take 10 wickets in the time our oppos had, and a quick 2 brought an early end to the game.
Well done everyone, the game was truly played in a good spirit, as our oppos could easily have made us even less comfortable than it was.
Onwards and upwards and here's to sunny weather and a better game next weekend.