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2008 Ghent and Lille Tour Report

Across the weekend of 29/20 June 2008 we ventured to Ghent for our 2008 tour.  We were minus the Toffs who had to go to a wedding or something, but bolstered by two Salix tour virgins, Padders and Jesus, and a guest appearance by the more talented Dutta brother.

Front L-R GC, Chopper, Les, Elvis, President Elect ex Captain Ben. Rear The German, Padders, Steve-O, Direktor, CK1, Jesus, Tinker

We stayed in the Holiday Inn Express Ghent, not a hotel with bucolic charm, sandwiched between 2 motorways, a chemical factory (remarkably called Sailex) and a hospital,  but one very easy for a quick cab into the lovely environs of that old medieval city.

In traditional style many of the younger members got mullahed on the Friday but that didn’t stop us setting off on time for the Saturday game versus Lille CC.
 

This game was played in the English gardens of the beautiful Parc des Jardins on a Flickx wicket, which actually played pretty well. We batted first and our openers sadly succumbed without troubling Steve-O the scorer, but President Elect Ex Captain Ben stiffened the sinews along with the German (before he fell to yet another LBW) and then Padders.  At tea 122 for 9. 

Some rather spectacular bowling (esp from Padders) saw us cruise to a fairly comfortable victory. MOTM Ben for his grinding 43. Post match we all retired to a rather nice beer tent thing prior to wending our way back to Ghent (all except Chopper who really does need to invest in a state of the art Sat Nav). Saturday night saw a team meal at the Old Clock restaurant followed by mass indigestion in the more elderly team members and the hard core out clubbing.

Sunday dawned bright and hot, and a noon start allowed for multiple lie-ins as we went to the Arcadians CC ground, this time a permanent Astroturf strip in a lovely park.  Batting first, Padders was the clear big hitter (surviving nearly 25 dropped catches) and was ably supported by the middle order (the German amazingly not being out LBW). 178 looked on the low side of defendable and the match was very evenly balanced for much of the second innings as our bowlers strove to keep the score down, however it was not a strip suited to the slow bowling style of a couple of the lads and some big sixing from the Arcadians saw this one go to the wire, with them requiring a couple to win, nine down with just an over to go. A monster six saw that end in their favour.  Man of the Match Colin Walker of the Arcadians for his not out 77.

Post match we repaired to rather minimalist Ghent Marriot to view Spain crush the Germans in Euro 2008 and thence to home.


Salix Man of the Tour: Padders.

Big thanks to Colin and the Arcadians and Alison and Lille for all the arrangements and Mrs Chopper, baby Chopper and Mrs Elvis for providing some more fragrant company

Links:
Arcadians CC
Lille CC


Salix CC versus Lille CC at Parc des Jardins, Lille on 28-06-2008 ( 35 Over Game )
Salix CC 122 for 9 off 35 overs Match Won
Lille CC 76 all out off 28.4 overs
No Player Score How Out
1. Mark Rickman 0 Bowled
2. Christy Kulasingam 0 Caught & Bowled
3. Ben Shaw 43 Caught
4. Andy Rayner 12 LBW
5. Graham Nannery 4 Bowled
6. Alastair Davidson 0 Bowled
7. Kunal Dutta 1 Run Out
8. David Padmore 30 Caught
9. Stuart Lumsden 2 Not Out
10. Mike Ellis 6 Run Out
11. Steve Jacobs 0 Did Not Bat
Extras 24
Total 122
No. Player Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Ave SR Econ
1. Stuart Lumsden 7 0 24 1 24.00 42.00 3.43
2. David Padmore 7 4 4 2 2.00 21.00 0.57
3. Christy Kulasingam 5 0 14 3 4.67 10.00 2.80
4. Mike Ellis 4 1 11 0 - - 2.75
5. Steve Jacobs 3 1 4 1 4.00 18.00 1.33
6. Alastair Davidson 2 1 2 1 2.00 12.00 1.00
7. Kunal Dutta 0.4 0 16 1 16.00 4.00 24.00
Stuart Lumsden 2 catches
Alastair Davidson 1 catch
Steve Jacobs 2 drops
Stuart Lumsden 1 drop

 

 


Salix CC versus Arcadians CC at Mariakerke, Ghent on 29-06-2008 ( 40 Over Game )
Salix CC 178 for 6 off 40 overs Match Lost
Arcadians CC 180 for 9 off 38.1 overs
No Player Score How Out
1. David Padmore 65 Caught
2. Mike Ellis 6 Caught
3. Tony Fletcher 11 Bowled
4. Stuart Lumsden 15 Bowled
5. Graham Nannery 12 Bowled
6. Andy Rayner 27 Caught
7. Christy Kulasingam 8 Not Out
8. Kunal Dutta 1 Not Out
9. Alastair Davidson 0 Did Not Bat
10. Sahil Dutta 0 Did Not Bat
11. Steve Jacobs 0 Did Not Bat
Extras 33
Total 178
No. Player Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Ave SR Econ
1. Alastair Davidson 7.1 1 24 0 - - 3.35
2. Steve Jacobs 4 0 15 0 - - 3.75
3. Christy Kulasingam 7 0 29 2 14.50 21.00 4.14
4. Sahil Dutta 6 0 48 1 48.00 36.00 8.00
5. David Padmore 8 1 19 3 6.33 16.00 2.38
6. Stuart Lumsden 3 0 14 1 14.00 18.00 4.67
7. Mike Ellis 3 0 31 0 - - 10.33
Alastair Davidson 1 catch
Mike Ellis 1 catch
Steve Jacobs 1 catch
David Padmore 1 catch
Sahil Dutta 1 drop
Mike Ellis 1 drop
Stuart Lumsden 1 drop