Sussex Wolfhounds @ Terenure College August 11th 2022
Under the clear blue sky of an early August heatwave the Walnut Taverners welcomed the Sussex Wolfhounds to the college.
Our guests were as magnanimous during and after the game as they were as good at cricket and one day in the near future it would be wonderful to reciprocate a trip to the south coast of England.
Over the centuries Sussex has been home to many a great artist and writer while the county moto "we won't be driven" was very apt on the evening as the team of Irish heritage proved to be a formidable opponent for the Walnuts.
Batting first we scored 83-7 with early contributions of 10 from Mike and Eoin. Making his Walnut debut, Eoin struck two sumptuous fours to give the home side an early advantage. But the Wolfhound bowling was accurate, controlled and inquiring throughout. Special mention to Leigh who conceded just one run from his two overs.
Captain Brian struck a rapid 15 (including 3 fours) while MOTM Fitzy hit a career best 20 not out. Fitzy played with early circumspection and then unleashed a barrage of scoring shots, including 2 fours, to see the Walnuts up to 83. Another special mention, this time to John, who chipped in with a nice end of innings cameo.
In reply the Wolfhounds batted with technical proficiency and great diligence. Mark, Kieran and Sanjay all hit double figures as they chased down the runs with three overs to spare. Niaz, Gerry and John all claimed a wicket apiece as the Walnut bowlers stuck manfully to their task. Indeed in catching a rasping drive off his own bowling, Gerry put his body on the line and broke a finger. Very speedy recovery Gerry!
Afterwards both sides enjoyed a wonderful evening in the rugby club. Mark of the Wolfhounds informed us his grandfather was from Terenure, a mere 200 metres from Greenlea Road. What's more - Mark's grandfather was born 100 years ago to the day itself! The poetry of life is quite amazing.
Brian and Tim were eloquent in speech,q with presentations being made all round, including to Sophie, the scorer for both sides.
Thank you Sophie - it was a real thrill for us to see the scorecard appear on play-cricket.com.
One of the writer's favourite musicians (and long time Sussex resident) is Norman Cooke aka Fatboy Slim.
The Brighton based DJ once famously said "money is replaceable but people's lives and culture are not". As the Sussex Wolfhounds four match tour of Dublin drew to a close, the culture and vibrancy of life were to the fore in TCRFC as we all regaled in each others company with beer and whiskey being enjoyed by all (not at the same time I hasten to add).
Best wishes to the Wolfhounds and in the words of the late Vera Lynn (you guessed it, another Sussex resident!) "We'll meet again".