The Lord’s Taverners XI have convincingly won their one-day match against the Primary Club by 28 runs in a friendly at Barker’s College.
The Taverners had a scratch side with 7 debutants so the batting order was based on whoever put up their hand the fastest. After winning the toss and choosing to bat, the Taverners started promisingly with Ben Scott etching a quick-fire 29 at the top of the order, with Peter Tunks hitting the ball very cleanly for a crisp 19. Richard Burton ensured runs were picked off well until he was run out for 19, and with another quick wicket the Taverners were in a spot of bother at 4-93, but Simon Turmanis steadied the ship through the middle overs. Turmanis brought up his fifty with a booming six over mid-wicket, guiding the Taverners to 6-167 from their 35 overs, supported at the end of innings by Parimal Rokad scoring 20.
Unfortunately, in the final over of the Taverners’ innings, Primary Club bowler James suffered a nasty knee injury and had to be escorted from the ground via an ambulance. The entire Taverners’ community wish James a speedy recovery.
Needing 168 runs for victory, the Primary Club enjoyed an encouraging start, with openers Stark and Paterson putting on 54 for the opening partnership. However, Riley Lucas completely dismantled the Primary Club top order, snaring three crucial wickets in a fiery spell.
After contributing with the bat, Simon Turmanis also snared two wickets with the ball in a Player-of-the-Match performance. Richard Lucas and Richard Burton added some tight, economical bowling in the middle overs, and despite a flurry of late boundaries, and Charlie Tunks enjoying his debut by picking up 2 late wickets with his leg-spin, the Primary Club were unable to recover, reaching 8-139 from their 35 overs.
Playing in the right spirit for the right reasons, the Taverners’ team would like to thank the Primary Club gents for organising the match and the afternoon tea spread. The two umpires, Juris & Chis, also need to be praised for donating their spare time during the weekend for the love of cricket. We look forward to the next encounter in 2020.
13 February 2019