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Excitement was high: Cricketers at Richmond 2 Sept 2000 (Season: 2000)
Report by: By our man with the PhD in getting mullah'd

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Excitement was high for this game, as were the charges for parking your car around the well known shopping and drinking spot in West London (Bamber Gascoigne sighted twice watching, many pounds spent by team supporters in local boutiques).  Where else could you buy a cappuccino and take it onto the field with you. 

Winning the toss, the brave Salix team elected to field.  And we pretty much did a decent job.  The pitch was a real bowlers paradise, plenty of lift and even some swing.  Our opening pair swung into action nicely, with Steve Jacobs getting two wickets, one to a spectacular catch by Alex (running backwards behind the wicket, one handed over his head.  Great stuff).  Sadly, even the presence of Andy Bushes new girlfriend (watched a few Overs, went shopping - a theme for the day) did not enable him to get a wicket.  Then Dominic and Alex moved into the attack and the wickets fell fairly regularly, with some excellent fielding and great catches (I mention my humble self here, grabbing a particularly fast one at mid-on that would have rearranged my craggy but still presentable features).  A slight lull towards the 30 over mark ensured, but then Andy Foster and yours truly polished of the tail end.  145.  It looked do-able.

But that was to ignore the Salix Comedy batting routine.  A truly pathetically slow start - 6 runs off the first 6 Overs followed by a brief blitz from Paul (10 off the over) then saw him fall to the first of many catches. Six wickets then fell for only 11 runs - a duck for Dom, a comedy run out for Ben and a duck too for Mark Amselem.  Things stiffened a little when the tail came in: Andy Foster hitting a great 23 and yours truly and Alex both hitting double figures.  Special mention too, to Mr. Jacobs with a  career best  3 not out at number 11.  However it was just too little, too late.  

Special mention must also go to Alex, who got a parking ticket and also the weather, which was just bizarre.  Bright sun alternating with heavy cloud and two torrential downpours during the Salix innings.  Which fairly reflected our mood

Salix CC versus Cricketers, Richmond at Richmond Green on 02-09-2000(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)95for 9off35overs Match Lost
Cricketers, Richmond145all outoff35overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Mark Rodbert5Caught
2.Paul Rogers17Caught
3.Dominic Guinness0Caught
4.Ben Shaw2Run Out
5.Ollie Carter3Caught
6.Mark Amselem0Caught
7.Andy Foster23Caught
8.Tony Fletcher10Caught
9.Andy Bush2Bowled
10.Alex Newton14Not Out
11.Steve Jacobs5Not Out
1.Andy Bush70260--3.71
2.Steve Jacobs711929.5021.002.71
3.Dominic Guinness6017117.0036.002.83
4.Alex Newton7035217.5021.005.00
5.Andy Foster5126213.0015.005.20
6.Paul Rogers10130--13.00
7.Tony Fletcher20515.0012.002.50
Mark Amselem2catches
Tony Fletcher1catch
Andy Foster1catch
Dominic Guinness1catch
Alex Newton1catch
Mark Rodbert1catch
Mark Amselem1drop
Ben Shaw1drop

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