A desolate leader, brought down by an uncompromising opponent and internal factionalism, driven to tears by the bleak reality of their own inadequacies. If only there was some wider metaphor we could apply to the visibly aged skipper of Fernhurst's Sunday XI.
Actually, the fourth game of the season for our 'friendlies team' of Dads & Lads got off to a very good start under those 'bruised skies' made so memorable by Uncle Monty. Embalmed in Deep Heat, Matt Westley took guard for Fernhurst before scoring a string of boundaries on his way to 39. Simon Vigar, promoted to open by the clueless captain, was also in good form, clocking up his first ever 6. 50 was on the board in the first 20 minutes so things looked good. FCC's youth policy was praised once more as U13 player Jack Kidd joined father Alasdair at the wicket. Kirdford's fielders were most complimentary about the youngster's shots. Jack made 11 while father scored six more. Bill Gourlay had some top shots on his way to 28 including a pavilion-demolishing 6 which would have delighted those campaigning for a new building. There were also promising cameos from Matt Field, Simon Ralfe and Rupert Raymond as Fernhurst finished on 175.
Fernhurst's legendary catering department was again praised by the visitors as they gorged on glazed sausages, quiche and cake. But are we giving our guests too much strength?
The Kidds provided an excellent joint attack, limiting Kirdford's runs in the early overs. Alasdair finished 2-20 while Jack had 1-28, his wicket came courtesy of a great catch by his U13 team-mate Max Durrant. Max would later claim a scalp of his own with figures of 1-25 while Geoff Howe, with customary excellence, clocked 1-16. However, 'THJ' was in mid-season form for the visitors and blasted his way to 105 before being caught off the bowling of Kidd Snr. FCC didn't have the strong and stable bowling firepower to contain Kirdford who scampered across the line in the 26th over.
Despite the bruised skies, it was a fine match with great opponents. Cricket was very much the winner.
Men of the Match (and dropped): Alasdair and Jack Kidd.