Despite inclement conditions that were a stark contrast with the heat of Dubai, AJK and his team worked minor miracles and the 1st XI season opener against Charterhouse was largely uninterrupted.
Captain Cunningham won the toss and elected to field and those late to their seats missed an eventful first over. The score was 5-2 at the end of one over with no runs scored off the bat and two dangerous players back in the pavilion. Jonty Robinson found the new red cricket ball and advantageous conditions hard to control at times but he produced two all important wicket taking deliveries. At the other end Tom Eden produced an accurate and probing spell and when he bowled Kual for 8 the score was 31-3 off ten overs.
The spin twins, Cunningham and Morland, combined to great effect in the build up to lunch and just after the break Cunningham bowled Barlow for 28 leaving Charterhouse 96-5. There followed a slightly frustrating partnership as the Charterhouse keeper put pressure on our close fielders and played a few very effective cut shots to show how to go about constructing a partnership. Charterhouse finished their 50 overs on 189-8 and special mention should go to Jonty Robinson who took 3-43 off 9 overs and Kit Morland whose 10 overs went for just 15 runs.
The new ball spell was always likely to decide the run chase and when Val Brooke was dismissed by a very good piece of bowling with the score on 10 the game hung in the balance. Ollie Martyn-Hemphill joined Archie Boscawen at the crease and they ran especially well in a partnership of 83 from 23 largely risk-free overs. However, a single too far saw Martyn-Hemphill dismissed for 37. This brought Rory Betley to the crease in prime form after tour in Dubai. He took the attack to the Charterhouse seamers and looked set to change the course of the game quickly when he was caught at cover for 15. However, Cunningham joined Archie at the crease and with the odd slice of good fortune they chased the remaining runs down to secure a victory by 7 wickets.
A very promising start to the season with plenty of room for improvement!