From the Hylands

12:02 16 May 2014

Hylands Park, home of Hornchurch Athletic CC (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hylands Park, home of Hornchurch Athletic CC (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Paul Humphries of Hornchurch Athletic, endured a frustrating weekend (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Paul Humphries of Hornchurch Athletic, endured a frustrating weekend (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

There’s nothing worse than a wet Saturday morning which leads to a abandoned game.

The timing couldn’t have been worse, just getting ready to leave when the text from the skipper comes delivering the bad news.

Paul Crane committed a schoolboy error and shared this info with the other half, a list of DIY jobs was produced and his Saturday was finished!

Many wiser men stole a few hours either drinking beer, watching the twos or fitting in 18 holes.

Good wins for the second and third teams and a much improved performance for the fourth team made the miserable weather a little easier to bare.

Some sunshine and a good forecast leaves us hopeful for a better experience this weekend.

Having not seen enough cricket on Saturday I thought it would be a good opportunity to watch a bit of Sunday’s battle of Hylands: Athletic v Maylands Green.

Now, I love cricket. but this game was dire: cold and windy and not an attacking shot in sight as a Maylands – “we’re strong today, we’ll have a bat” – Green crawled to 94.

I entertained myself on the boundary edge by studying the players’ body language to pick out who was the most uninterested player. And congratulations must go Ross Raftery.

Still, if last weekend was one of those to forget from a cricketing point of view it could have been worse: I could have said yes to playing Sunday. Roll on the weekend.

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