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Scooby Doo: London Nigerians 11 July 2004 (Season: 2004)
Report by: Ginger

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The Rayner finger
London Nigerians are a good team. Better than us. That said, being better than us at the moment isn't hard. Summat's wrong and I'm not quite sure what. We just ain't clicking. The bowling lacks incisiveness and none of our batsmen are getting the sort of scores required to build a decent innings. Worst of all is our catching; another 6 went begging yesterday. Not so good. That said, it's not as though we're not making the effort - Swordsman atoned for an earlier drop by taking a catch at long off from a ball that had travelled via the (blue) moon and the German added his contribution to the injuries page (see pic) dropping a diving catch that came at it him like a red ICBM on the square leg boundary.

Anyway, on with the match. Nigerians batted first and spanked Warrick's first ball onto the roof of the Glaxo sports hall. Welcome to the game. And so it proceeded, with all but one of our wickets coming from the Nigerians trying to hump the ball out of the ground and getting bowled mistiming it. Unfortunately for us, they'd usually spent a while timing it to perfection beforehand. Of the bowlers CK1 looked the most dangerous, asking a couple of questions that the Nigerians didn't have any answers to; unfortunately they were mixed up with a few short pitched leg side sitters that were duly battered down to the square leg boundary. The rest of us were driven, pulled and pummelled around the ground, buying the odd wicket as we went

A final target of 291 effectively put us out of the match, but Andy and Dom made a good start of it, with the former looking like he was approaching some of his usual form until he was cleaned bowled on 30 by a full length ball that swung from off to leg. Ben hung around for a while and there were cameos along the way, but nobody could match the hitting of the first innings and in the end we settled for managing to see our 35 overs through without losing all our wickets.

Comprehensively beaten by a good bunch of guys and the expression "bowl the scooby do" will definitely be around for the rest of the summer.

Salix CC versus London Nigerians at Glaxo on 11-07-2004(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)154for 9off35overs Match Lost
London Nigerians293for 5off31overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Dominic Spillane9Caught
2.Andy Rayner30Bowled
3.Christy Kulasingam9Caught & Bowled
4.Ben Shaw20Caught
5.Jehan DeSilva0Caught
6.Rajeev Sanwalka10Bowled
7.Ollie Carter4Caught
8.Madhu Chaganti0Caught & Bowled
9.Andy Foster10LBW
10.Warrick Cumming17Not Out
11.Mike Ellis19Not Out
1.Christy Kulasingam40260--6.50
2.Warrick Cumming61430--7.17
3.Mike Ellis7048148.0042.006.86
4.Jehan DeSilva70490--7.00
5.Madhu Chaganti30420--14.00
6.Andy Foster4053226.5012.0013.25
Andy Foster1catch
Andy Rayner2drops
Jehan DeSilva1drop
Mike Ellis1drop
Andy Foster1drop

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