4 July 1982 v Old Merchant Taylors

The defeat in the quarter-finals by the Old Merchant Taylors’ remains the most inexplicable of all the Ramblers’ disasters. Richard Bluett’s splendid figures in his second and last match and fine support from Rudd, Nickerson, Fennell and Harry Rawlinson  ensured a target of no more than 139, and two Rawlinsons, Cornwallis and Yorke-Long ensured that at 102 for 3 the Ramblers were in a commanding position. In partnership with John Rawlinson Lowndes and Daniels were then both run out, then Rawlinson (38) hit over a straight one; Rudd, Bluett and Nickerson failed to score and the last seven wickets went down for 22.