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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Diary Entry - 17th July, 1918

At ten a.m. I set out for the wagon lines on Julia. Lunched there, and Cruikshank, Siggers, McKenna, Thornburn, Crabtree, Graham and I all rode over to RAHQ at one thirty p.m. to play cricket against them. Of course they had played quite a lot and we had not seen a bat and ball for three or more years. They went in first and we tried nearly every one in trying to bowl them out, eventually getting them out for 162, Armytage making 50 not out with a wonderfully effective mowing stroke. We were about prostrate on the field when the last man was bowled and, in batting, put together 84 but am sure with any practice we would have a really good team as there is good material - even the Colonel seemed to have played a lot at some time or other. On the same field in which we played a tank demonstration was going on before a division of infantry and these wretches used to come rolling down on us but am glad to say they kept off our matting wicket. Stayed at the WL for dinner then rode up to the guns with Bill Westcote.

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