Saturday, July 17, 2004

Tavs on Tour

Over the weekend of 10th/11th July, the Tavs enjoyed a short tour to the South West. A short trip down the M5 in some fairly hefty weather was eased by some cans of beer and a few Pogues and Tom Jones songs, plus a tricky quiz lifted by Smiffie( see later) off the 'net.
Arriving at the "Rainbow Hotel" Torquay we quickly booked in and set off in search of more beer. Tricky....Torquay (or perhaps more properly Torbay) has no proper Pubs - at least none we could find. Plenty of noisy bars but no real Pubs. Settling for a mock Irish bar we downed several pints of the black gold (Spider & Billy Bach stuck to coke obviously). By this time Smiffie was getting seriously *iss**d off at being called Smiffie (from the John Smiths advert) so we obviously kept at it!
The following morning we all pitched and putted, with Statto leading the way with a fine 32 for 9 holes. Off to the first match where in competition with the local school fayre we played Harptree CC. They batted first and scored 202. We batted second and didn't. To be fair a magnificent double innings (he retired once) of 93* by the skipper saw us needing just 6 off the last ball but it wasn't to be. The defeat was made more bearable by the opposition being a thoroughly good bunch, plus having several pints of Bass at the Drum in Cockington. Back to the hotel and a quick turnaround for more beer and a great curry (for those that can remember by that time).
Next morning those that were able took to the pitch & putt again, this time Slasher holing out with 29. By now Smiffie had become "The cricketer formerly known as Smiffie", and he even smiled a bit.
On to the second match just outside Exeter at Tedburn St Mary. We batted first as Slash had to leg it at 4pm. Going at over 8 an over with Statto the match looked in safe hands, but 121-2 suddenly became 128 all out (beer telling by now?) Smiffie, was by this time known as "Fido" (Logic as follows....."Smiffie" becomes "The cricketer formerly known as Smiffie" becomes (obviously) "Prince" which is a dog's name, as is "Fido"). Anyway, they knocked the runs off for 1 wicket, so we went for some more beer. Then we came home. Great weekend - Thanks to Fido for setting it all up.

Quote of the tour - in response to a quiz question Fido said "the answer is one word - The End"

Champagne moment - Slasher's amazing catch off his own bowling against Harptree

Tour Photos

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