The Sunday XI hosted the annual visit of the Rainmen. Skipper Vigar put the home side into bat playing the timed format of the game. The Rainmen opening bowler (closely resembling a young Eden) took the scalp of Bill Gourlay after a quickfire 23 but Fernhurst continued to score freely despite loosing the wickets of Westley (58), Langridge (17) and Raymond (30). Joe Unwin and Ed Vass played superbly for their respective 73 and 49no allowing Fernhurst to culminate on 256 at tea.
pictured at rear: W Gourlay, E Vass, Jude Unwin, R Unwin, J Meier, R Raymond, Joe Unwin
front: M Westley, S Meier, S Vigar, M Langridge, G Howe
A bewildering tea then ensued. Players were mentally challenged by yellow fleshed watermelon but then, in a first, the dressing-room turned on itself. An interesting cake was presented which had some hating and some loving it. Debate raged as the team returned to the field, a notably shaken Bill Gourlay trying to work out how he would report cake-gate to his wife. the Irish question dividing politics and village cricket.
An assured opening pair of Rainmen batters faced Joe Unwin (1-21 off 8) and Sam Meier (1-11 off 8) who bowled superbly taking an opener each during their spell. Runs were in short supply for the visitors with Howe taking a quick brace (2-8 off 5) and Rob Unwin pinning them town (1-11 off 3); Langridge, Gourlay and Raymond supported well without wickets. A late flourish from the Rainmen with Cooper driving a fine 31 and Wolmer 20no salvaged a draw with the visitors finishing on 104 for 5.
Next week's skipper Westley must now unite the dressing-room in time for visit of the Heartaches, the Sunday's last home fixture of the season.