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I was down at Henley the other day to watch Golden Balls trot out for the Berkshire over 50's, and anyway it was an idyllic afternoon of warm sunshine. The Little Angel now has a gazebo from which to spectate but I settled for lapping the old boys round the boundary. Henley might be a picturesque ground but I have to say I still prefer Hurley, cows gently grazing and a rather magnificent bull are a better backdrop than the allotments. I stayed for tea, well mini samosas, baby bhajis, and finger buffet ham sandwiches hardly keep the wolf from the door. I have always found that a cocktail sausage rarely impresses. BO50 scored about 210 in their 45 overs and the clankers had more sandwiches than runs. I headed home to seek a more substantial repose and missed the 6 wickets clankers picked up to lead BO50 to victory over Essex.

I must thank my fellow scribes for their entertaining colts reports and bemoaning the lack of bacon butties at away matches. My election jokes in my report were too obtuse for our editor who thought a Liberal sweep to Clegg was a spelling mistake. I am struck how many members we have of over 30 years of service.  I have been chasing subs and maybe I need Harvey Keitel to apply the screws, sometime you just have to get heavy with those that come to cricket with no money or plead poverty having invested heavily in new kit for the season. Things are changing, and I just wonder how many will have the same life-long commitment to the club in say 15 years.

As ever, tea is on my mind. Mark Twain once said that 'golf is a good walk spoiled', and so cricket is a good tea spoiled at Hurley. Last week, playing away at a ground code named White Walledham we actually had to make up our own sandwiches from half uncut baguettes and pieces of ham or reconstituted chicken. Pud was chocolate biscuits in devilish difficult wrappers. Val has a lot to answer for with the bar set so high. Never mind, it's a home match next week.   
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