Hambledon Village Shop beat Hambledon Cricket Club, at Cricket…

The Team take a moment

It was a lovely day: sun shining but not so much as to fry the fielders or blind the batsmen. The two teams turned up and immediately it was clear who were the more professional: not only did the Hambledon Village Shop XI knock the sartorial spots off with the most elegantly tailored team shirts, but also they gathered, just like the Fijian rugby team, in a tight morale-boosting and shoulder-hugging huddle to listen to a passionate Captain’s passionate words of encouragement, inspiration and oppo-bashing. Fired up and feeling fearsome, the HVS XI won the toss and opted to bat. Bottles of beer were opened in celebration: perhaps a little early, but the Dutch courage argument seemed to hold sway.

At this point the Hambledon Friendly XI, who, above all, were friendly, gently pointed out that there appeared to be 13 players in the HVS XI. Expressing surprise, the HVS XI entered negotiations. After some diplomatic to-ing and fro-ing, agreement was reached: all 13 should be allowed to bat, if needed, in the allotted 30 overs, but only 11 would be allowed to field when the time came (if only Brexit negotiations could be handled with such courtesy and confidence).

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