Sudbury CC was the setting for the inaugural cricket match between Wilson Wraight and the Veg Brigade. What unfolded was one of the most dramatic 20:20 games ever seen.
Captain of the opposition R. Parry won the toss and put Wilson Wraight into bat. First up was captain fantastic E. Pissarro and man of the series A. Peebles. The consultants immediately took the initiative with some quick scoring in the first three overs.
The run rate was immediately interrupted when up-stepped N. Kingston who proceeded to deliver line and length with relentless accuracy.
So called captain fantastic was first to go and N. Kingston continued to pepper the batsman. The next casualty was in fact the bowler’s trousers and the game was certainly hotting up. Batsmen A. Peebles, W. Barton, P. Mahony and J. Gwatkin all racked up maximums to the appreciation of the travelling supporters.
The first innings ebbed and flowed with bowlers R. Parry and S. Williams at times bamboozling batsman with pace and spin. In the end the consultants managed to ‘tick all the boxes’ with a couple of run outs and even a duck. 20 overs up Wilson Wraight had set a target of 162.
In came to bat the maverick pair of J. Klug and T. Pratt for the Veg Brigade. J. Klug wasn’t deterred by the first ball rattling the stumps it was time to start the run chase. All the spectators could see was a streak of pink as T. Pratt darted between the wickets with his ‘south of France’ shorts in tow.
The bowling attack spearheaded by J. Webb and ably assisted by G. Cooper and B. Skinner continued to ask questions and wickets began to tumble.
There were notable batting contributions from J. Smith, E. Whitehead and N. Kingston who must have faced in excess of 120 deliveries!
It all came down to the last over with the two captains locking horns. R. Parry standing his ground like a Pedigree Suffolk Ram facing the unorthodox technique of E. Pissarro.
In the end the consultants managed to hold on and took the match by a modest 8 runs thereby becoming the first winners of the Vegetable Cup.
A big thank you should go to Sudbury CC for providing friendly surroundings and a first class wicket.
Bring on Next Year!