Brockley, generously sponsored by A14 tyres, welcomed Woolpit to the Oval on a day when the dark clouds went back almost as far as Coe’s and the rain fell faster than their lower order wickets.

Woolpit batted first, no-one seemed to know why, and lost a couple of early wickets as Sykes’s (3 for 9) trick of mixing up slow balls with even slower ones on a slow wicket caused a level of confusion.

however Marcus West (46) had witnessed this kind of tomfoolery on many occasions and helped his team steadily rebuild the innings .

At 80 for 3 it looked as though Woolpit may post a score well beyond 160 which would have been even further beyond the reach of the Brockley batsmen.

however the efforts of returning club pro, Brame (1-37) returning global oil trader/international lothario, Firth (1 for 30) and a crucial 5 overs at the end of the innings from J Boor (2 for 17) ensured Woolpit were restricted to 152 for 7

in reply Brockley approached the task with some unexpectedly discovered common sense:  McCaffrey (25) and the returning tourists Jones and Hill (35) picked up runs carefully without doing anything bonkers.

at 114 for 3 and with 39 needed off 8 overs and captain Huffer (41) looking v v good,  the casual cricket observer would have assumed a comfortable Brockley win however the casual cricket observer rarely ventures to these parts and woolpit’s highly original tactic of bowling at the wickets was met by an even more original Brockley tactic of trying to kick the ball off the square.

the subsequent 6 LBWs ultimately finished them off but not before Boor 17no) showed them what might have been had they considered using their bat as he played a range of fine strokes before being left high and dry ( the only thing that was high and dry) with Brockley 3 runs short and one over still to bowl.

if all the games this season are this exciting and played in such a good manner then Brockley can look forward to a really enjoyable 2017 season in division 3 and hopefully an even happier one in division 4 in 2018