On a hot and sunny afternoon can you think of many better things to be doing than enjoying a cold drink on a village green and watching a game of cricket? Well we can’t, which is why GForces stages an annual cricket match in the picturesque village of Bearsted, Kent.
At 5:30 sharp on Wednesday 16th July, most of the team bailed out from the office and made their way to Bearsted Green’s version of Lords. While many watched on, two teams of the more enthusiastic sportsmen within the staff stepped up to the wicket for a game with all the pace of a 20-20 match, but with limited overs making it more of a 10-10 affair.
Still, there are some fair cricketers within the team – Account Director James Drewett demonstrating his ability to steam in and bowl with some serious pace. Similarly, Group Strategy Director, Tim Smith, demonstrated some fair glovemanship behind the stumps. Several ‘firsts’ took place during the game as James Smith made his first 50 while Joe Stanley managed to take a wicket off of his first ever ball in cricket, which was good. He then managed to injure his ankle, which wasn’t so good (he’s recovering well, don’t worry!).
Other match incidents included James Taylor getting run out for a Diamond Duck, and at least two balls getting lost in various people’s gardens. There was also a minor incident in which a spectator became a stand-in fielder quite accidentally, but we won’t talk too much about that…
As the sun set slowly over the yard arm (or however the phrase goes), many GForcers simply enjoyed watching others do the work, preferring – perhaps sensibly – that cold cider and ice cream from our hired ice cream van, Ripples, was a much better idea.
Not that the toil of those who took to the crease was without merit; certainly, if England coach, Peter Moors, had been there, he’d most likely have left with a few additional signings.