Match Report vs Chartered
Trust 11 June 2013 @ Wenvoe (Skipper Jonny F, report
The Defeat at the Caudine Forks
In 321 BC, the Romans won a victory over the Samnites. The
Samnites admitted defeat and wished to make atonement for
a war they felt they had prosecuted against the will of the
gods. They made some reasonable proposals including an undertaking
to hand over to the Romans both the spoils of war and those
on their side guilty of starting the war. The romans rejected
the terms, bent on continuing the war. The Samnites returned
As a result of Samnite tactics and the carelessness of the
Roman consuls, the Roman army found itself trapped between
two mountain passes at a place known as the Caudine Forks.
They made hopeless attempts to scale the steep surrounding
slopes before finally resigning themselves to suing for peace
with the Samnites. The proposals that the Samnites put to
the Roman ambassadors was according with the customs of warfare
between cities. The Romans would acknowledge their defeat,
they would hand back those Samnite territories they had conquered
an on which they had set up colonies, they would leave with
the Samnites as hostages the officers of the army and 600
cavalry (equestrians), and then they would sign an alliance
with the Samnites.
To save their army the Roman consuls accepted the Samnite
terms, passed under the yoke with their entire army, stripped
of their armour and weapons.
The defeat was a total one to the Romans. The worst defeat
in Rome's history. Not so much because they had lost. Rome
did not win everyone of its battles. The humiliation lay far
more in the nature of the defeat. One had lost without a fight.
The army returned home, a sorry sight. The soldiers arrived
back in Rome one evening with the look of prisoners of war.
They hid themselves away in their houses. Not one of them
showed his face at the forum. The consuls relinquished their
offices. No longer soldiers in war, they no longer deemed
themselves citizens in peace.
For those of us who had represented the Casuals at Wenvoe,
Tuesday 11th June 2012. It was our Caudine Forks. To be known
hereon as 'The defeat at Wenvoe'. Humiliation is the only
A TEN wicket defeat. Johnny F with the bat deserves a mention
(44) and Dan economical with the ball.
Enough said. Let it go.