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You can't get a hard on about a Ford right?: Presidents at Haydons Road Aug 5 (Season: 2000)
Report by: By our man with the PhD in winning

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As me and Captain Clarkster tooled the new Ford focus across the heavy Saturday shopping traffic (nice car the Focus, but you can't get a hard on about a Ford right?) we reviewed the team list.  No recognized bowlers except the man himself.  Looked dodgy.  Eventually the 10 men of Salix assembled and the Cap'n either won or lost the toss and we went into field.  Things started not so fantastically well as the Shill showed a few cobwebs from his season-long layoff, bowling the odd ball that actually bounced and quite a few that didn't and went to the boundary.  But he got a wicket. 

Cap'n Clarkster bowled his usual admirable style from the uphill end.  Then it was time for Fletch and Dom to come on in the heat of the afternoon sun.  Age and youth, fat and thin, perky and lumbering, ex Captains both.  Free from the responsibility of leadership so admirably taken by the Clarkster we rose to the task and when we had completed our 7 Overs each we had taken 6 wickets (it would have been more but for former fielder of the year Marco dropping two in the slips). 

 

Fred, newly returned from the land of Hansie, demolished the tail end and it was in to tea.Shrugging off the the Chris Tavare tag, new Dominic and Dicky Winter set off in fine style, ably supported by Mark Amselem and a tiny bit by Irwin, and we were half way by 14 Overs.  Then strode the flying Dutchman to the wicket, and supported by Captain Clarkster, Marco put on a dazzling array of stroke play and whacked a quick 31 (6 x 4's!!) to see the Salix home in comfortable style.

The lads of the Prez confided to us that they too had not won a game since their first of the season and so someone was going to come away feeling good (and it was us this week) - we broke our losing run in fine style and without Steve J and Andy Bush and all our other bowlers. 

What does this tell us?  That there is place for slow bowling in the West London conference? or needs must as the Devil drives? 

Answers on a postcard please

Salix CC versus Presidents at Haydons Road on 05-08-2000(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)123for 4off27overs Match Won
Presidents120all outoff28.3overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Richard Winter26LBW
2.Dominic Spillane10Bowled
3.Mark Amselem9Caught & Bowled
4.Irwin Sarif3Bowled
5.Marco Bouman31Not Out
6.Neil Clark24Not Out
7.Andy Shilling0Did Not Bat
8.Fred Maroudas0Did Not Bat
9.Tony Fletcher0Did Not Bat
10.Dominic Guinness0Did Not Bat
11.
Extras20
Total123
No.PlayerOversMaidensRunsWicketsAveSREcon
1.Andy Shilling4025125.0024.006.25
2.Neil Clark40120--3.00
3.Dominic Guinness712237.3314.003.14
4.Tony Fletcher7132310.6714.004.57
5.Fred Maroudas3.301427.0010.504.00
6.Richard Winter31140--4.67
Mark Amselem1catch
Irwin Sarif1catch
Richard Winter1catch
Marco Bouman2drops
Dominic Spillane1drop


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