Father’s Day. A day for the kids to pamper me. So what better way to spend it than at the cricket, in the sunshine, with a few Spitfires. And not just the Kent Spitfires, or the Spitfire Sweethearts (too many sweets and not enough hearts in my opinion) but some chilled Spitfire beers. With Beckenham literally down the road from TBIR Towers it was a day for three generations of the Fuller family to take a chair at the boundary rope and enjoy a thick slice of what makes England so brilliant on a Sunny Summer’s afternoon.
The record books will show you that Kent won by eight wickets with 22 balls to spare, but this was a cake walk for the Spitfires. From the moment that Roy holed out on the first ball of the Surrey innings to Rob Key at Mid Off you got the feeling it wasn’t going to be Surrey’s day. After eight overs they had not reached 40 and had lost three wickets. Wilson’s unbeaten 53 off 43 balls was the only thing between them and a sub-100 score.
Kent’s innings was measured to say the least. Needing less than six an over they started well, with Key looking confident and despite losing two wickets for fifty one, Key and Stevens put on an unbeaten stand of 69 to see the Spitfires home. Stevens rounded off the innings in the best possible way, smashing a massive six off Ansari with over three overs to go.
Days like these make you proud to be English, and even prouder to have a family who share in the same interests as you. Thanks kids (and CMF for her exceptional organisational skills), and Happy Father’s Day Dad.