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Fleet Street Strollers Cricket Club, a 17-strong group of professional journalists and friends from the UK Home Counties, visited CERN for the first time on 22-24 July.

On Friday 22 July, CERN's Visitor Centre provided their usual polished tour and information services.  Before the visit the Strollers had hoped to stroll underground to the Atlas detector.  Forewarned that this was not possible they hid any disappointment, judging by the acuteness and variety of the question-and-answer sessions.  And the cash register of the Visitor Shop was busy.

On Saturday 23 July, Strollers won the toss and batted first in a 35-over game.  D'Mello and Campbell bowled tightly for CERN and Strollers were 13 for 2 after 6 overs.  CERN released the pressure with a few overs from L. Osborne and Curtis but, at the point where Strollers were looking to capitalise, Messrs. Goodyear, McNaught and Keigwin together sent down 17 overs for 4 wickets and only 39 runs.  Strollers finished on 131 for 8 wickets.   In reply CERN were never in real trouble and, with sound contributions from J. Osborne, Campbell and McNaught CERN passed the Strollers total with 4 wickets in hand and 3.2 overs to spare.  Campbell of CERN was man-of the match, with 45 runs and 3 wickets for 21 off 7 overs. A three-course evening BBQ cooked and served by Tina Osborne and Judith Chatoo was attended by 45 hungry and thirsty people who left well satisfied.

On Sunday 24 July Strollers again won the toss and, after some thought, put CERN in to bat in a time limit (declaration) game.  Campbell contributed even more of the CERN total this time, watching 4 of his team-mates depart before his own dismissal for 62, with the score on 119.  By that time, critical damage had been done by Samuel of Strollers, with the dismissal of Ahmed and captain Bolton in the same over.  After hefty blows by Onions and Allen, the CERN innings stuttered to a close on 161.  CERN made the Stroller's run chase much too easy by conceding 31 extras, in the final innings of the weekend.   McDougall won the man-of the-match award through his watchful 67 runs, ably supported by Taylor and Wood.  This time, it was the Strollers who cantered home, losing only 2 wickets in the process.

Honours were thus even, one match a-piece, after a most enjoyable weekend.

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