SMBCC on Tour in Torquay
9 Bold tourists took to the golf course for a change in scenery at Dawlish Warren, after a slight mishap with a Sprinter Van and an 8-foot Railway bridge, 2 pints by the sea front and lots of Wasp swatting. An alien game to some and although enjoyable 5 hours without a drink on tour is quite a long time. Lots of lost balls and miscued shots later we made it to the club house for a beer, only to duck as Woody cracked one on top of the decking roof! The Winners Ed & Benjani bandits the pair of them.
Rocko & Martan had terrible blisters which only got worse as on arrival at the Hotel in Torquay a 45 minute walk awaited down to the Harbour. With everyone desperate for a drink Chalky got the first order in 18 mojitos please barmaid! The party was started…. But what goes on tour stays on tour unless I disclose it here.
The morning dawned, and several where woken up for breakfast in varying states of disrepair. A drive beckoned to the far edge of Dartmoor, 1 hr and 45 mins later several raced to use the facilities, the previous night’s curry working its magic. A village pub and an outspoken landlord, 2 pints in and the rest of the playing 11 joined us. Skipper for the day Woody asked the hosts to bat. A beautiful village ground with stunning vistas of Devonshire valleys all around.
Ed soon made the breakthrough with 2 quick wickets, Woody did well to rotate his bowlers, everyone getting a bowl against opposition batsmen of varying standards. All totally bamboozled by Fishy’s astronomical moon ball bowling. Chulmleigh & Mid Devon all out for 133, young Nat Wood taking 3 wickets, although his Dad and the Keeper Hyland dropped one a piece so he should have had 5. Convinced we had toured here earlier in the noughties Derek decided to do some umpiring for SMB’s innings, hopeful of a few juicy decisions to give. Martin Hunt fell for a blob, Kinger went cheaply and so did Angry. Chalky smacked some indifferent bowling for a quick fire 40, but it was left o Martan to get us to the pub quickly with a brutal 38*.
Back into Torquay and having learnt from our mistakes, taxis were ordered. The golf ball was in play, and as Fishy was the first hit with a full glass of Vodka Redbull it started a night of carnage. The remnants of which were clear on Angry’s face as he made it down to breakfast the next morning. With most the team a little worse for wear, a morning was spent dossing around the harbour before heading just up the road to Barton CC. The feeling immediately would be that they would be a little more challenging opponent than the day be fore’s.
Woody pulled a fast one as bolstered by day trippers Bolly and Swifty he sat out, forgetting that he would have to score for the entire innings. Captain Kinger negotiated a 30 over contest and asked the youthful opposition to bat. The opening exchanges confirmed that these boys were not messing around some crisp drives and powerful pulls greeted the Bourne bowling. Nat Wood bowled excellently again getting the opener to Knick off to a flying Kinger in the gully. Swifty bowling some fizzing off breaks bowled an immaculate line and was easily the pick of the Bourne attack with (2-7). The home side reaching 168-4 after their 30 overs.
With the clubhouse/pavilion resembling a cattle shed, tea didn’t hold many expectations but we were all pleasantly surprised as it was easily one the best of the season. Pizza and cake galore. The reply got off to a rapid start, Swifty middling the ball to all parts. Fishy was given out caught off his pad, a shock after putting in a whole innings worth of compliments to the umpire. Martin Hunt (41) joined Swifty (40) at the crease and accelerated the run rate, bringing up the SMB 100 before Swifty fell trying to hit another huge six into the pavilion wall. It was a big hit, and one very surprising from such weak arms! Martan promised to keep it going but with over a run a ball needed the SMB batting couldn’t keep up with the rate, wickets falling regularly against some pretty decent bowling. Ultimately finishing short 155-9.
A good game against a good side wasn’t a bad way to end a cracking weekend. Lots of laughs and a big shout out to Kinger for organising! A night of Golf Ball drinking that won’t be forgot in a hurry.
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