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Sarf Chelski: Everyman Battersea Park 8 Aug 2004 (Season: 2004)
Report by: Me

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Dr D after his PB
To Battersea Park, or should we say South Chelsea. Home to sunbathing be-thonged beauties, unrolled wickets and a blistering sun.

Losing the toss, Salix fielded first. Missing 4 players (blame a minicab and Mr J - shortest journey, latest arrival), Warrick and substitute fielder Fletch were allowed to open the bowling, getting a quickish wicket. However the full team duly arrived and normal service was resumed. Wickets fell slowly, but the Everyman No 7 whacked seven bells out of the ball to see them take tea at a comfortable 214. Itz-a-shocker award to Dr D who dropped several albeit tricky ones thus challenging the present Lurpak first placer who held a great one. But he was to make up for this slippery fingeredness later, oh yes.

A rapid picnic and it was back out. It would be callous to go through the innings blow by blow, but lets say this: the German got 92. Extras got 38, Dr D got 28. No one else got more than 5, and there were 5 ducks. This was not so much a middle order collapse as a virtually all-of-the-order collapse. So lifetime personal bests for the German (now 5th highest ever score for Salix) and Dr D, something to forget for the rest.

And as we wearily put the kit away, we were able to look back on a very pleasant day with a really nice set of opponents and ask ourselves: Salix centurion where art thou, brother.

In deference to our high scorer we offer this appeal, courtesy Google translations:

wenn Sie ein guter mittlerer Auftragsspieler sind, möchte Salix von Ihnen hören. wir trinken gute Tees

Salix CC versus Balham Roamers at Battersea Park on 08-08-2004(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)169all outoff31overs Match Lost
Balham Roamers214for 9off32.4overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Andy Rayner92Bowled
2.Mark Dyson0Bowled
3.Adam Darling1Caught
4.Ben Shaw5LBW
5.Roger Heaton5Bowled
6.Warrick Cumming0Bowled
7.Rajeev Sanwalka0LBW
8.Danny Poynting0Bowled
9.Ollie Carter28LBW
10.Toby Lewis0Caught
11.Steve Jacobs0Not Out
12.Tony Fletcher0Did Not Bat
1.Warrick Cumming7137137.0042.005.29
2.Tony Fletcher4022122.0024.005.50
3.Andy Rayner41120--3.00
4.Steve Jacobs4.4027127.0028.005.79
5.Rajeev Sanwalka4026213.0012.006.50
6.Roger Heaton5034217.0015.006.80
7.Danny Poynting10230--23.00
8.Toby Lewis3030130.0018.0010.00
Warrick Cumming1catch
Danny Poynting1catch
Andy Rayner1catch
Ben Shaw1catch
Ollie Carter3drops
Mark Dyson1drop
Tony Fletcher1drop

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