Considering about 2 weeks ago we hadn’t even entered this tournament full credit has to be give to Paul-E for securing our spot at the last moment (sorry Blitz) to form PIMLICO INVASION, bringing together players from 5 (yes 5) teams including:
Pimlico Pirates: Paul, Marines, Alice, Dave
Pimlico Parrots: Neil, Mat, Gerry, Wheeler, Miya, Chiemi
Base Invaders: Faye, Lord, House
Mighty Muppets: Jen
Despite the sun deserting on the day we got off to a great start with a 10am victory against last years finalists- The Vampire Batters. Our run continued with victory against the Oddsox (cheered on by Bola), followed by last year’s winners- The Bristol Creamers! With an easy 4pm win against the RP Hawks we were 4-0 and heading for a showdown against the only other unbeaten team- the Wildcats. Unfortunately our run came to an abrupt end as our bats were about as cold as we were and we barely scored until a late surge saw us pick up 5 runs in the last innings before almost everyone hit the bar and/or curry house in Tooting. Still 4-1 on the day saw us in 2nd place and certainly in contention for the cup.
Home runs: Neil, Paul, House, Lord, Faye
Ugh. A 9am start and where was the supposed sun again today? Certainly nowhere near Hounslow but it didn’t matter as welcomed Chiemi, Miya and Steve into the squads. brushed aside the BA Flyers to go 5-1 up and set up another tie breaker game with Maidenhead SC. With no new innings called it looked as if we had been narrowly beaten 10-7 until we manage to add 5 runs to our tally. Realising the game would revert back if the time ran out we worked out that we would have to get ourselves out in order to make them bat again. Alice swung nicely to go out but after that it proved to be harder than you imagine as Lord demonstrated by trying to get out by deliberately running to 2nd.
They had no intention on making the out so he was allowed to run home, before Miya made 1st as the time ticked down. Lucky Paul knew what had to be done and took 3 strikes for the out and with 3 minutes remaining they were forced to bat again, or rather not bat at all. They deliberately did not swing for anything just to make the time tick down- a highly risky strategy as with 2 strike outs it came down to the last 10 seconds with a 3-2 count and the last hit, or in this case ball for the game to revert. Noooooooo! (Note for future reference: had we remembered that a bunt, foot on plate, foot out the box or running out of the diamond the out would have been a lot faster!!).
That jaw dropping result left us with a 3 hour wait and as we later learned a 3 way tie for second place. Unfortunately for us our run’s scored only placed us in 4th place which meant a play off against the 1st placed team- The Wildcats. Revenge time!
Sadly it was more a case of deju vu than revenge. You knew that things were not going to go our way when Lord missed the home plate on a huge homer which their pitcher was only to happy to point out. The 2 day tournament had taken it’s toll and just as the day before our batting had cooled down, allowing them to dismiss us easily while they racked up the runs. It has to be said they were absolutely no fun to play but at least we had the relay of the tournament as Lord threw to House who launched it to Miya to make the tag. A-mazing!
Home runs: Dave, House, Lord, Faye