Some people learn lessons, others don’t.
Chippenham 2s had been told to report to their ground a full hour and a quarter before Saturday’s match started so they could run through their warms ups and fielding drills. In contrast, Cannings, clearly feeling that wearing new club training tops was professionalism enough for any given weekend, were still in a pub in Devizes, beers in hand. It was probably clear even then that Cannings would face a tough afternoon.
It all started reasonably well. Batting first, Graham Mansell and Matt Tilley both got themselves in and after 17 overs ACCC were 58-1. From that point on, though, a steady procession of wickets fell, and only the lovely cover drives of young Ed McQuaid provided any real bright spot. McQuaid top scored on 31 as Cannings put together a disappointing total of 132 all out in good batting conditions.
To have any hope of winning, Cannings needed early wickets and got a dream start as Hugo Saye found their opener’s edge for Richard Mansell to catch behind with just the second ball of the Chippenham innings. That raised hopes of an unlikely victory. Certainly no one expected the rest of the game to pan out as it did: no more wickets fell as Chippenham frustrated the Cannings bowlers to rattle off the runs and record a nine wicket win.
Overall Chippenham just looked the sharper, more complete team. It wasn’t the first time we’ve looked a decidedly amateur outfit compared to our opposition, and you may think this time Cannings might learn a lesson and prepare a little more thoroughly in future. We won’t though; we’ll talk about it then keep on doing as we’re doing. And we won’t really mind failing to win quite as many matches as we might because we’ll be having a laugh as we do it, and that’s what makes us Cannings.