Day 4 – Somerset V Australia
The batsmen did their job this morning, making sure there were few distractions for the dressing room, concentrating as we were on the Wallabies Vs Lions Test from Melbourne. Apparently, Mr Bean, Mr X and Lucky cruised along nicely in the pre-lunch session. They said it wasn’t too disconcerting that all they heard from the dressing room was raucous cries of “Off-side, Ref!” every time the Lions were defending. Fortunately, the real action happened in the lunch break. There was a huge roar when the Wallabies finally converted possession into that rarest of things, a try in an international rugby match refereed by this particular ref, who mistakenly thinks that the crowd is there to hear him give an 80 minute whistle recital while standing next to a scum.
Post lunch, the team got going with Wicky in particular celebrating the better than expected rugby result with some lusty hitting. His second 6 brought up the win. The mood in the dressing room was rather up-beat – apart from Puff who is moping around a bit during his enforced layoff. The Somerset boys joined us for the post-match re-hydration session, which was well underway when they pushed their luck just the right amount by presenting Puff with a set of boxing gloves, autographed by local lad Beefy Botham. He smiled diplomatically, but it was no surprize when The Prof found them in the bin as we were leaving. He parcelled them up the rest of the saleable paraphernalia he’d purloined during the match, and passed it to his ebay trader in two anonymous looking bin liners. He’s convinced that we’re going to do well in the series, so he’s stock-piling the stuff ready to make a killing on-line in September.
Darren has almost given up on his quest to find a player who needs grief counselling in the wake of the dramatic departure of Coach1.0. I think everyone has worked out that the only member of the squad in need of Darren’s services right now is Darren himself, and they don’t want to end up copping a one-on-one download from him. It was, therefore, a master stroke by The Freak to book Lucky in for a meeting with Darren straight after dinner tonight. I suspect Lucky was giving Darren a good listening-to, and they hadn’t emerged by the time we all headed back to our rooms.
Though there was no slackening of the team curfew, Coach2.0 continued to earn brownie points with the team when he said that we deserved a day off, so after the 100 mile bus trip to Worcester in the morning, there will be no training until Monday.
Somerset 320 and 260, Aust 5/321d and 4/263
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