We don’t just like cricket, we love it !

With cricket at the Schuman-Oval becoming one of our steady summer fixtures, it was this year a warmly-welcomed opportunity for members of the Society, together with our traditional friendly rivals from the Oxford Society, with families and friends, to start emerging from the lockdowns of the coronavirus pandemic.

Partaking of Pimms, and enjoying the picnic

Thanks to some great preparation by Lisa Francis-Jennings, John Speed and Jos van Bommel, and with Apricot Wilson doing an excellent job with the Pimms, the drinks refreshed while the barbecue cooked to perfection.

While damp ground sadly prevented the playing of cricket, the players certainly did not return to their dressing rooms. Oh no! Rather they turned their skills to the seemingly gentle game of croquet which, thanks to Fanny Dedenbach, became the Match of the Day with calls for a sequel later in the summer.

Definitely the correct attire for Croquet!
The Schuman Farm – what a superb location

Thanks once again to Fiona and Adrian Wykes for hosting us at their beautiful home, the Schuman Farm, thanks to Fanny for bringing the croquet set, and thanks to everyone else who also pitched in to make this a very pleasant afternoon reminiscent of those warm summer days in Cambridge around the end of Easter Term.

Rakesh Bhana, with photographs from Apricot Wilson