We arrived for the first time at Aldenham to a beautiful glass pavilion complete with beer garden and hanging baskets. Perfect, except the real pavilion was round the corner, less ornate but with far greater hospitality (more on that later).
Stand-in skipper Page called correctly at the toss and elected to bat. This was a relief as four junior team members were still on M11/ N. Circular en route from any earlier school game, the last of which arrived at 13:40.
Nick was clearly told not to return to dressing room unless we were batting, he was allowed back. Dave Benham then signalled his full confidence in the batting and wandered up to the top ground with no batting kit in his beach wear.