On Wednesday 10th August the MJ Robinson cricket team swung into action for the very first time for a match against Breadsall Cricket Club in aid of cancer research UK.
Despite the murky conditions, the match was played in a tremendous spirit throughout and having won the toss (controversially – it was alleged that a double sided coin was used by Breadsall skipper Martin Seaman!) the Breadsall batsman began to put the MJR bowlers to the sword… that is when the bowling wasn’t too wide to hit!
Worthy of mention was a quick 100 mph yorker from Jay Pearch (his words and listed under duress!)
Chasing a stern but not impossible 100 runs to win, the MJR opening batsmen (Jay Pearch and Matt Allen) got off to an indifferent start – Jay’s vision was obscured by his helmet’s grill apparently! Thankfully some brutal batting by Paul “Eddie” Edwards and the experience (yes they are old!) of Mike Robinson & Colin May put the visitors back into contention.
Unfortunately then a disastrous partnership of -50 followed (the batsmen will remain anonymous!) put the game out of reach, despite some late order hitting from MJR skipper Richard Fry. The MJR lads fell short by 30 runs…ish (it may have been 50 or 60 though!).
A fantastic BBQ provided by our hosts ensued and from there the team retired (some MJR batters should literally retire after their performances!) to the Windmill for a full debrief and post-match analysis; the discussions ranged from ball tampering and match fixing to severe bad luck on our part.
A great evening was had by all with over £750.00 raised for a wonderful charity.
– Managing Director, Mike Robinson