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I was rong: Wombats 20 Aug (Season: 2000)
Report by: By our man with the Ph.D. in getting hammered

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A couple of weeks ago, I ventured that, as the the singer with the big hair in M People said,  "Things can only get better".  Naturally I was wrong.   And so was she.  So I shall replace this musical quote with one from Mr E of the Eels.  "Life's shit"

We fielded one of our best sides for ages, loads of bowling and competent batting, and we went in to bat in high spirits, fresh from playing with ourselves last week (or a single wicket game as it is technically known).  Our openers set off at a significant lick (well, for New Dominic that is) and had hit the 50 partnership before said man was bowled.  But the Clarkster steamed on.  and on.  and on.  In fact he batted the whole innings, not out for a magnificent 97, having callously run out three partners on the way and seen off the other lesser mortals. And their fielding was not to good - they put down 7 catches, no less.  So as we broke for tea, it was looking ok. 

And it still looked ok for the first few Overs - Andy and Steve kept the runs down and then we broke the opening pair with a rather good slip catch by yours truly off Mr. J.  Well, it was catch it or visit the dentist again.  Then a huge bloke from their team strode out.  And started taking us apart. A comedy mix up dropped catch between Ben and Paul for a huge high ball around the middle of the crease was perhaps a turning point, and New Dominic put a hard one in the slips down, and the Wombats motored fairly easily home, with the huge bloke getting an excellent 100, not withstanding a couple of runs outs on the  way.

Well a pleasant game which we frankly should have got nearer winning.  Roll on 2001

We are indebted to the Clarkster for this correction to the text (now made)

 

Dear Fixtures Secretary and Webmaster,

In case the outside world view us as complete incompetents, it should be noted that we did indeed take 3 wickets on Sunday afternoon, two of them run-outs (both through the nimble athleticism of Mr Rogers), and also that we were very generous in letting their whizzy-quick fast bowler Cohen bowl immediately after his arrival nearly two hours late.

Accordingly our ability to lose close(ish) matches whilst retaining our Corinthian Casuals-like sportsmanship remains unblemished.
Yours
Vice-Captain (elect) Clark.


Salix CC versus Wombats (Northwood & Pinner) at Glaxo on 20-08-2000(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)181for 7off35overs Match Lost
Wombats (Northwood & Pinner)184for 3off31overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Dominic Spillane18Bowled
2.Neil Clark97Not Out
3.Robert Orr Ewing13Bowled
4.Craig Brown15Caught
5.Ben Shaw2Run Out
6.Paul Rogers11Run Out
7.Matt Swindells3Bowled
8.Tony Fletcher1Run Out
9.Dominic Guinness5Not Out
10.Andy Bush0Did Not Bat
11.Steve Jacobs0Did Not Bat
Extras16
Total181
No.PlayerOversMaidensRunsWicketsAveSREcon
1.Andy Bush70220--3.14
2.Steve Jacobs7041141.0042.005.86
3.Dominic Guinness50220--4.40
4.Neil Clark40290--7.25
5.Craig Brown40270--6.75
6.Robert Orr Ewing10170--17.00
7.Paul Rogers30170--5.67
Tony Fletcher1catch
Ben Shaw1drop
Dominic Spillane1drop


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