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Kirk reflects on an "incredible" day
CLACTON’S cricketers experienced an “incredible” day at Horsford on Saturday.
The Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League contest finished as a draw, after wet weather forced proceedings to be brought to a premature conclusion.
But there was a dramatic sub-plot in the build-up which ultimately led to team manager Gary Kirk being forced into action and fielding 60 overs.
Clacton’s squad was left decimated first thing on Saturday morning.
Players called off for a variety of reasons, including one whose girlfriend had gone into labour and another who had been struck down with food poisoning.
“It was an incredible day in the life of Clacton Cricket Club – one many people would never understand or expect,” said Kirk.
“I don’t know how we managed to get a side out when we were leaving at 7.15am.
“It meant I had to play and I’m still feeling the effects.
“When we arrived it was obvious the match would be called off and the storm clouds were always around.
“We managed to get the first innings in but then it became really black everywhere, with thunder and lightning.
“The umpires should never have started the second innings but they did and we lost four wickets in what I can only describe as the darkest, most dangerous conditions I have played in.
“The only time we could see our players was when the ground was lit up through the lightning.
“It was terrible and we were very pleased when it rained.”
Horsford declared on 250 for three, before Clacton finished on 19 for four.
Meanwhile, Clacton have a testicular cancer charity cricket match tomorrow night at Vista Road.
The Testicle Tour team will take on a select 11 from Clacton.
The match starts at 6pm and is 15 overs per side.
Entry is free to spectators but donations are welcome.
In the evening there will be live entertainment, with tickets costing £5. Tickets are available from Gary Kirk on 07736 956756.