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IT'S OFFICIAL - WE'RE ON A ROLL!!: Chalfont Taverners 12 Sept 2004 (Season: 2004)
Report by: New Dom

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(in fact three teams combined: Green Dragon, Jordans CC and the Chalf Tavs..)

Sunday, September, Sunshine..it must be Seer Green (I lied about the sunshine). A wind-swept Salix XI assembled at the appointed place for what has traditionally been a close-fought and enjoyable game. The pre-match was distinguished by:

a. Extended catching practice - we managed to arrive half an hour early.

b. A promising net session from young Ollie Shaw, who spanked his dad's bowling to all parts, and he won the toss for us as well!

c. The choice of 'Donkey' by Tim as his official club nickname.

As you will have noted above, Ollie called correctly and the team had already firmly impressed on Cap'n Ben the desirability of batting, so our openers padded up and managed by dint of some good strokes (Matt) and the odd edge (the other one) to add 73 in reasonable time before being parted. This brought in The German who has re-found his touch and he set the team up for a big total with a rapid fifty. Thereafter everyone swung boldly and the team reached 208 with Matt, eventually out for 70-odd, providing the backbone.

Tea (excellent) was eaten in relaxed fashion, 208 seemed a defendable total, if we bowled well. Steve and Charlie opened the bowling and grabbed a wicket apiece but things looked a bit sticky as the opposition neared a hundred with only two men out. At this point the catching practise (see a above) began to pay off, with a stunningly good effort from the Fielder of the Year to dismiss their opener. If memory serves, this was one of eight (8) catches as wickets fell regularly from then on. The final margin of victory was a comfortable (flattering?) 60 runs.

So, off to the pub for more grub and a pint with the opposition. Man of the Match - The German - 4 catches, 4 wickets and a fifty. Catch of the Match – Fletch's sprint'n'dive effort. Unsung Hero - The Donkey – didn't bat, didn't bowl, didn't moan.

Salix CC versus Jordans Taverners (Seer Green) at Seer Green on 12-09-2004(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)208for 7off35overs Match Won
Jordans Taverners (Seer Green)152for 9off28.2overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Dominic Spillane25Bowled
2.Matt Swindells73LBW
3.Andy Rayner53Caught
4.Charlie Hewitt9Caught
5.Ben Shaw6Caught
6.Adam Darling4Bowled
7.Ollie Carter0Run Out
8.Tony Fletcher2Not Out
9.Dave Henig4Not Out
10.Tim Collins0Did Not Bat
11.Steve Jacobs0Did Not Bat
1.Steve Jacobs7031131.0042.004.43
2.Charlie Hewitt4013113.0024.003.25
3.Tony Fletcher7058158.0042.008.29
4.Andy Rayner7040410.0010.505.71
5.Dave Henig30919.0018.003.00
6.Adam Darling0.20010.002.000.00
Andy Rayner4catches
Tony Fletcher1catch
Ben Shaw1catch
Dominic Spillane1catch
Matt Swindells1catch
Tony Fletcher1drop
Dave Henig1drop

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