Match Data vs Rotten Livers on 2024-05-26 at Barn Elms Sports Trust (Season 2024)

  • Result: Lost
  • Rotten Livers: 254 for 9 wickets from 35.0 overs
  • Salix 187 runs from 35 overs for 7 wickets.
  • Game Type: 35 Overs Game (Salix Batted Second)

Match Report


Report by Tuffers

May 26th saw the lads back to our old home of Barn Elms. Things were much as before. The ground is still pretty, the wicket still true and TFC still turns up hungover (a literal copy and paste barring the date from last year’s match report against Rotten Livers, thanks for being consistent skip – never change!)

After a storming performance and victory last week, confidence was high heading into the game, although our win/loss ratio against the Livers isn’t the best to say the least. After winning the toss, skipper Raj put the opposition into bat hoping the morning rain would mean the wicket would be tricky to bat on. Syed opened the bowling and the first ball was smashed for four – an early indication of the aggressive intention going to be showed by Livers’ batsmen. On the last ball of the over the batsman tried to repeat the effort, this time into my grateful hands at cover. 9-1 off the first over, soon became 20-3 after four overs as the aggressive intent from the batsman was being matched and bettered by the skill of Syed and Raj opening the bowling. A mention here for the sharp catch in the slips by CK for the second wicket, it was a brilliant reflex catch.

In true Bazballesque cricket, Livers continued to bat with aggression and scoring freely, so therefore Raj turned to myself in the high-risk, and hopefully high-reward approach of buying a wicket. 0-31 off 3 overs showed it didn’t work this time, but at the other end Sai bowled a great 7 over spell to take 3 wickets, all stumped by Krutik who only arrived from Boston in the morning. Sai & Syed where bowlers of the day from a Salix perspective and look for set for a great race this season to be the leading wicket taker.

Despite our best efforts, we just couldn’t stem the scoring and the Livers finished on 254-9 off their 35 overs.

Post tea, Skip and Ali opened the batting in controlled manner. Ali showing great bravery to bat despite pulling a quad muscle in the field off the very first ball of the day. As Raj looked to up the tempo, he was stunningly caught and bowled for 11. Rory joined Ali, after facing some excellent bowling and impacted by not being able to take any quick singles, tried to accelerate the scoring by taking on the leg spinner. Unfortunately his stumps were rearranged, shortly followed by Daveski being trapped LBW for a duck. After Ali was caught for 18, it was looking grim to say the least at 50-4 off 17 overs.

What followed was a brilliant 104 run partnership by CK & Krutik in just 12 overs. Krutik continuing his excellent performance with the gloves in the field, made his maiden 50 for Salix including a couple of huge sixes. CK batted with class as always, punishing anything loose falling just short of what would have been a really well deserved 50.

As Krutik was dismissed the following over, all hopes of a miracle win were dashed. Despite a great cameo from Syed with a very quick fire 20, Salix reach 187 off our 35 overs, which is not a bad score but just not enough today.

Whilst no win, some good performances across the team which holds us in good stead for the rest of the season.