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Dave's last game of cricket (again)  

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This weekend we had a trip down to visit Goodwood House in Sussex, where Dave was to play his first game of cricket in a year for RHCC against Goodwood CC, so no cycling this time and there was plenty of room in the Cyclehome garage for the cricket bag.

This was a “blazer game”, so we had to take smart clothes to wear and there is also plenty of room in the Cyclehome living quarters cupboard space to hang them up so they wouldn’t crease.

 

We met the rest of the squad at The Anglesey Arms and had a very nice lunch there. The pub is only a few minutes’ drive from the cricket ground in Goodwood Park. The setting for the pitch is absolutely lovely; many of the trees were planted in the 1760s and there's a great view of Goodwood House.

RHCC batted first in the 40-over game, with Dave opening. He carried his bat (for the uninitiated, this means he batted from the beginning to the end of the innings) and top-scored with 77 not out. It was a close-fought match, which could have gone either way, but RHCC won by a handful of runs.

While the game was going on, many of the visiting spectators and non-playing members had a tour around Goodwood House, which was fascinating. As well as some scandal-filled stories of various family members, the items on display include the first written Laws of Cricket, collections of furniture, Sèvres porcelain, Gobelins tapestries and paintings – notably early George Stubbs of scenes around Goodwood and Canaletto’s London paintings, and many portraits.

Another great thing about having the Cyclehome is that, rather than having a three-hour drive home after the cricket match finished (which wasn’t until 8:30), we booked a spot at the Rookesbury Park site on the edge of the Forest of Bere for the night – much nicer after a long day out. Next to the road to the site, there were a number of small deer feeding – they showed up really well in the Xenon headlights, fortunately, but ran away before I could take a photo.

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Goodwood CC clubhouse

Goodwood House

Earliest Laws of Cricket