Having collected outside the Hare and Hounds prior to departure, it was
perhaps inevitable that there would be the odd frolic or two on the way
down the A303 to Somerset, ably demonstrated by Peter and Danny.
Gathering at the bar of the Heatherton Grange Inn between Taunton and
Wellington. We look fairly respectable here, although there can be
little doubt that it would soon go horribly wrong before long.
Another strangely respectable photo, although Dave Hurren (right)
already looks as if he needs stiff support from the bar. Everyone else
is just getting into gear, which accounts for a lot.
first game was at Hinkley Point on the coast. There had been a little
rain about and there was one puddle on the outfield. Beefy displays
which part of him managed to find it.
As if his little dip in the first game spurred him on, the white wig was
donned by "Judge Beefy Jefferies" at his Drunken Assizes, to deal out
eminently gorgeous Judge re-examines the evidence at the dining table.
He still needs a second opinion from Duncan as to who the next
unfortunate victim will be.
the winner is....! Ian Hunt, guest tourer. Forfeits were pulled out of a
hat, and if this is what I think it is, Ian had to sing a re-written
version of "All Things Bright And Beautiful".
"....And that's what we think of that!" The ability to gurn wildly is of
paramount importance after an intake of half a shandy. A pint of the
stuff, let alone the dreaded local Devon Scrumpy, well....!
cracking shot is caught on camera in the second game against whoever it
was in the outskirts of Taunton on the grey,
overcast Sunday that was the third day of the tour.
Taken the same innings at the same game, we are
running at a reasonable lick. Beefy is demonstrating what should have
happened to that ball while everyone else relaxes.
Peter Hull staunchly
defends his wicket, turning the ball to off. Sounds impressive, but in
all probability he may not have had the faintest idea where the ball
Now here's a funny story, about Adie Barrett's forfeit of a Yard Of Ale.
It was judged so successful that Adie was quite ill afterwards, and
everyone else thought we should buy a special Yard for future Tours.
unlucky for some, in this case the cameraman. Peter "Crusty" Hull and
Ian Hunt display adequate prowess in the Devon All-Comers Champion
present lose it. One night, Kev's forfeit was to wear boxing gloves all
evening. It was quite a sight for anyone watching him trying to light a
fag or go to the loo.
Not a dare, it was a forfeit. Judge Beefy Jefferies was quite
uncompromising in handing out the sentence of his "Drunken Assizes". A
trip round Taunton in full regalia was quite a mild consequence.
Danny Bell's strange but hilarious predilection for imitating amphibians
left everyone else in stitches, helpless with laughter. No pond to be
found but there was always a frog in our midst.
17. The height of summer
and when you're batting, what else is better to blow the cobwebs away
than the ability to wear a frilly dress at the wicket? Duncan Perry
actually hits the ball to square despite the affliction of such unusual
Duncan emanates extreme cool in the midst of his forfeit during then
third tour game. "And new for this season is the
floral smock with extra built-in space for those tricky moments in the
much fun on tour was had by all that the committee who were surprisingly
perpendicular (well, Beefy anyway) felt obliged to offer thanks to our
hosts. Or was it really an attempt to hide his guilt?
There were some distinctly average performances on
tour but the blandest were the winners of the bating and bowling awards.
Duncan Perry (right) & Adie Lamberth sadly show off their trophies. Well