Who needs the Hundred?

I was fortunate to attend the Royal London Cup match at the beautiful ground at Sedbergh School. Nestling under the magnificent Howgill Fells, Paul Edwards writes of them dating back to the 'Paleoproterozoic Era' — surely a first in a cricket report!

The match swung one way, then the other. Difficult to predict the outcome and with everything seemingly lost for Lancashire at 115-7 with the target of 271 looking as high as the nearby Howgill Fells.

But 'cometh the hour, cometh the man.'

Out steps Danny Lamb from the pavilion who along with Tom Bailey played cautiously then launched the attack scoring 102 from the final ten overs. Sixes rained over the boundary ropes and even into the nearby churchyard. Lancashire unbelievably winning with an over to spare.

Not only was the cricket perfect but also the idyllic ground. Good beer, Lakeland Farm ice-cream, the sun shining and good company, what more could one ask for. For those lucky to be present at the match they would remember it for a long time.

Who needs the 100 after the match like that — certainly not me!

Malcolm Lorimer

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