The Buxted Cricket Club planned a short tour to the Netherlands to play matches against VOC, HCC and eventually VCC. It was a great opportunity for our U15 players to participate in a real international competition. Their enthusiasm to play was enormous. Thursday, June 1, was finally here. Thanks to Floris and Tom, we were allowed to play on our main field. Unfortunately, the weather was a bit cold and not as sunny as the days before, but at least the field was in good shape. At 16:30 we began our 25-over game. To allow more players to bat, it was decided to stop at 30 runs. VCC won the toss and began batting. In no time, our first batsmen went retired. With solid batting, the target was set at 176 with only 3 wickets lost.
The Buxted Cricket Club did not have the same kick start as VCC, but showed the same skills. Slowly but surely they increased their run count. It was clear that it was going to be touch and go. The final over should bring the decision. The tension in the last over was enormous, resulting in a number of wides. The final ball would decide wins and losses. And then the confusion began. Although cricket is played all over the world, the rules of the game vary from country to country. It turned out that we used different rules about retirement and wides in the last over. After a long discussion, the game resumed with not 1 but 2 balls to go. The number of runs Buxted Cricket Club needed to make to win was 6. Although Buxted CC came close, it was just not enough to win.
Fortunately, a delicious dinner was waiting in the clubhouse for all the players and accompanying parents. When all the emotions had calmed down, we all concluded that it was a great event. And since Buxted CC is out for revenge, we have been invited to England next year, so who knows . . .
Thank you to Buxted CC for taking the initiative to come to Holland and play against VCC. Special thanks go to Raheela Mahmood who made a delicious dinner for over 40 people!!!