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Haverford Cricket in London: Day Seven Blog

Haverford Cricket in London: Day Seven Blog

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Today was matchday number three. After a short bus ride, we found ourselves at Hampton Wick Royal Cricket Club, on a scenic pitch overlooking one of London's largest royal parks.  Despite the damp weather, our spirits were high in anticipation of another day of English cricket.

We were sent into the field first for the third time of tour in this 40 over affair. After a tight opening spell, including a maiden over by captain Eugene Yang, the persistent drizzle grew to a hearty shower and forced us off the pitch.

After play resumed, Haverford continued to battle the elements and the opposing batsmen. With consistent stoppage, the innings' allotted overs continued to decrease while a century by the Hampton Wick Royal opener meant the runs continued to increase. Mohanish Bajaj managed to trap two batsmen LBW in between rain stoppage, but no other bowler managed to break through. 

Haverford's batting innings was limited to 25 overs, chasing a total of 141. Sidd Phatak helped the innings on its way, scoring two quick boundaries off two sharp pull shots.  However, he would sadly depart for 13 runs.  The remainder of the 'Fords struggled with a difficult wicket. Co-captain Rebecca Stern provided a brief cameo at the tail, scoring a boundary off the third delivery she faced.  She managed the second highest score of Haverford's innings when she was bowled two overs later for Haverford's final wicket, with the Fords falling 70 runs short of a winning total.

Upon our return to Teddington, the team split into two groups, with one sampling the local delicacy, fish and chips, with a side of mushy peas. The second group sampled an equally typical London cuisine, Thai food. However, the team did manage to regroup for a short walk around Teddington before an early bed in preparation for our next match.