Devon Cricket Tour
31st May to 1st June 2014
A mixed bag assembled in Devon for the inaugural PAC cricket match. Accommodation was at the very hospitable Highbullen Hotel, home to one of the finest croquet lawns in South Molton. Dinner on the Friday night was a quiet affair and early to bed was the order of the day.
On Saturday we were greeted by bright sunshine. Attempts to play golf were thwarted, but full use was made of the tennis courts, the swimming pool and of course the outdoor giant chess set. Charlie and Rebecca Popplewell staged a picnic on Stoughton Sands, aided by a large orange wheelbarrow. After surfing, kite flying, great feasting and a quiet beer, we returned to the hotel for Charlie Popplewell's 60th birthday party, involving a delicious cake, washed down with several glasses of fine wine. Pat's magic raffle resulted in the raising of much money to go to a charity of Paul and Sally Johnston's choice, and in Stephen Davies going home with the Three Barrels.
Sunday dawned hazily, and we eventually made our way to Filleigh Cricket Club, despite different players being given wildly differing postcodes for their SatNavs. Geraint, exhausted by his croquet exertions, was left spectating as the PAC cricket team took to the field. Batting first we were buoyed by some excellent performances from Tom Beardmore, Henry Steele, Shay and Dai 'Revs' Evans. In the field the PAC team, by this time reduced to a total of 8 men, boys and girl, performed magnificently to secure a memorable win. The Filleigh President, a certain Mr Popplewell, who didn't look a day over 59, then provided another inspired BBQ and all retired home happy and a little tired.