Elvetham Hotel

2021

Fri  2 July                            Elvetham Hotel                       Lost by 105 runs

They:   198/10 in 34.1 overs  (Richard Mansfield 50*, Azar Nazoomi 29, Sajid 20, Extras 27, Vik Mehrotra 3/41, Mark Roughley 2/20, Jas Singh 2/26, Andy Stokes 2/28)

We:   93/10 in 22.3 overs  (Mark Roughley 24, Jas Singh 18, David Behar 18, Richard Mansfield 3/16, Azar 2/2, Farouk 2/17)

A Friday first for KCC and an early start and a trip to Hampshire. This being a first outing vs Elvetham Hotel and anticipating a “Pub-Side” opposition we were quick to realise that The Elvetham had a very impressive Team with a lot of Cricketing Pedigree.

KCC virtually fielded an invitational XI with Peter Andrews, Prakash Joshi, Jas Singh and Keith Bradley guesting for us.

The Elvetham chose to bat and started the assault as though it was a 5 over game. Sajid was particularly brutal and smashed our bowlers to all parts only for Andy Stokes to bowl him a swinging and seaming beauty. The introduction of Vik Mehrotra and Sunil Amar steadied the ship and Vik took 3 well-deserved wickets. KCC restricted and eventually bowled out Elvetham for a manageable 198.

On a flat track and with a short leg side boundary, KCC were confident of the chase but Peter Andrews and our International – Prakash Joshi were bowled first ball.  The classy Mark Roughley and Andy Stokes started to rebuild but wickets fell at regular intervals, and we fell well short of the target with Richard Mansfield backing up his 50 with a 3/16.

Rarely are KCC outdone at post-match presentations, but we were completely outplayed when Skipper Nazoomi wheeled out bottles of Champagnes as gifts for our Skipper, Club President, Man of the Match etc. 

Next came the real event. We were all driven to the actual “The Elvetham” a stunning, luxury, country 5-star Hotel Property with spectacular gardens. Both teams were hosted for Drinks and Dinner with Butlers et al. It was Hospitality of the highest order and our hosts Nazoomi, Jay and Senior Raj Matharu treated us to the most memorable of days. Fortunately, some of us had left their cars behind and staggered out at close to midnight on the journey back to London. We can’t wait for 2022’s repeat fixture.

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