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The bar at the Hurn Bridge Sports Centre has Shipyard Pale Ale on draft.
A California style IPA brewed by Marstons in Wolverhampton using US hops Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial, if you like your beer light and bitter with a citrusy punch, this really is rather a scrumy pint. I mention this largely by way of looking on the bright side.
And also because I got out very early, so had plenty of time to sample it, as well as an increasing need, as the tension of the chase mounted.
For the first time in what feels like a very long time, we won the toss and bowled a side out. They were all out for 132 in 35 overs, and we only used four main bowlers. I can't remember the last time we did that, and at tea the chase felt very accessible.
Christchurch are a mostly young side, and most of those youngsters came out swishing on a difficult, low pitch. As our innings progressed we began to wonder if that wasn't
just youthful exuberance so much as a deliberate plan. If they're used to how it plays, perhaps they know that chancing your arm early is the best approach?
They bowled well and made scoring without risk consistently difficult, and as the overs ticked by we got ever closer to the time when risk was the only option left.
With 6 wickets in hand it got down to 19 needed off 18 balls. Then 16 off 12. It was definitely time to be risky. We may have left it a bit too late, but then if it had come off it would have been a perfectly paced chase. The thing about risk is that sometimes it doesn't come off, and once the first couple went down, coming in and going at it straight away was always going to be a big ask.
The end was swift and precipitous, with a hat trick in the mix, but we went down swinging. And swigging.