UNDERS AND OVERS: A familiar enough expression to all members of the Staff, but this time it related to the "Under 30s v Over 30s" Cricket Match arranged by the Staff Association. As one of the "cricketers" taking part in this most enjoyable fixture, and a "regular" member of the Bank team, I must say that the Over 30s were most impressive; they had the opposition wondering where they had acquired the 'pep' pills, perhaps Miss Tyzzer laced the tea. Incidentally, the score of 126 runs was more than had been scored against the Bank all the season. The match was a very welcome relief from the atmosphere prevailing in League games. The proceedings were admirably controlled by Messrs Raftery and Wozencroft who must have been applying the Laws of Cricket prevailing around 1860, and high-lighted by the juggling of Messrs Turner and Williams. The Under 30s innings started sensationally - two wickets fell for 1 run - this prompted remarks such as "Go steady, let them make a reasonable score", and "We haven't even warmed up yet", nevertheless a rescue act was performed which resulted in a narrow win for the 'young uns'.
The support for this new event, even though it may have been biased, exceeded expectations. I hope that everyone enjoyed the match as much as those taking part and that the fixture will be repeated - after all, there is a shortage of Summer Social Events (no offence intended to the Staff Association).
Scores: Over 30s - 126 (Whittaker 21, Green 18, Lovell 15, Crowley 14, Giddings 10, Endall 10 not out)
Under 30s - 131 for 9 wkts (Eley 65, Davenport 15, Aston 14, Lovell 4 wkts for 34)