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Renwick Rose’s 5 “R’s”

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Writing in his column on page 9 of last week’s “Searchlight” Renwick Rose told us quite timely that “… life has a way of reminding us that not only are the three basic “Rs” of literacy (reading, writing and ‘rithmetic) important in this world, but there are also two other “Rs” which claim equal status.{{more}} These are Rest and Recreation. We ignore them at our peril …” Indeed, it has been long established that one of the settled recipes for health and long life is recreation.

With the above in focus a tailored 15/15 wind ball cricket match was recently staged at the pastoral Ginjafield nestled beneath the emerald green Cane Hall mountainside.

Pitted against each other were teams, comprising teenagers, middle agers and cricketing geriatrics, captained by the veteran Dr. Kenneth John and the still sparkling Stephen Huggins of Saunders and Huggins. Batting first Dr. John’s eleven made a brisk 75 with the teenagers in the vanguard. Dr. John’s bat was still aloft long after the ball had disturbed his stumps. In the last match he was run out attempting a single when the ball was almost at the edge of the boundary. Bertram “Molly’ Arthur, Errol Allen, the Central Banker and the once versatile Vannie Alexander refused to trouble the scorers. Garnet “Nuts” Eustace and Trevor Sherewood Thomposn designed and re-fashioned the innings after a middle order collapse in its structure. Impressive with the ball were Dr. Christian (Dr. Love) Anderson, the “Master” Brian “You never know what hit you” Cottle with useful support from Jimmy “the Businessman” Forde, Bentley “Gavaskar” Browne and Jimmy “the A.P.I.” Prince.

When Huggins’ side batted the runs required seemed easily within reach. Although Maxim “Parkie” James went cheaply as did the middle order it was the planner Bentley “Gavaskar” Browne and the A.P.I Prince who remolded the innings and carried the fight. Prince was forced to retire hurt (muscle pull) after swinging scandalously at a leg cutter from Christel Robertson (Mac and Cynthia’s daughter) who incidentally took two (2) more wickets with her unreadable spin.

With the match on a “knife’s edge” Stephen’s team was contained falling two runs short of the target.

This exciting, fun-filled and carefree version of the game at Ginjafield can best be described as Pure Recreation at its best. In whatever way you please make recreation a part of your daily regimen. Renwick thank you for the reminder!

The Ginja reporter

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