In their first venture for some time in Singapore, the Baltic Exchange Cricket Club re-assembled at the Dempsey Hill SCC for a well-planned inaugural Principals Vs Brokers match last Friday (29 November).
The brokers started with a strong showing, James Urquhart taking an incredible two wickets in the first over, leaving the Principals baffling for an escape hatch. This was then to be compounded by the Broker’s captain and fixture organiser, Charlie Russell, who dismissed the Principal’s captain Vaughan English as the rain started to make the wicket increasingly soggy. As the sky grew darker, as it can at this time of year over the island state, John Dean from China Navigation managed to fight both the brokers and the weather to total 30 before retiring to allow his comrades to take a bat.
All of the above managed to take place within about 10 overs, an increasingly stoic effort as the rain amplified to deluge and water levels turned from pools of puddles on the pitch to wider street flooding across the city. As with many well-laid plans, the real escape came in the form of the bar where the beers flowed and players relaxed into their weekends while further plans for follow up games were laid for the course of 2020.
The Baltic is keen to promote similar fixtures for the BECC and other sports clubs in Singapore including, football, go-karting, tennis etc.. Those interested in taking part should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.