1. Cricket is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy (Stephen Fry)
2. FOOTBALL offers the world clichés; RUGBY produces facial deformity; HOCKEY provides an acceptable outlet for psychotic violence; CRICKET alone breeds myths... More quotes here.


Heroics: Mighty Wanderers 7 May 2006 Glaxo (Season: 2006)
Report by: Elvis

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Recordbreakers: Rog,CK1, The German
Most Salix victories require heroics of some sort and they usually come from one individual; a 60 or 70 odd from ex Capn Ben or a bag full of wickets from Steve-O. It's rare to witness two such performances in a game and pretty much unheard of to see three, making yesterday's game particularly remarkable, all the more so for it being the first match of the season and on a wicket that should only have ever been a bowler's paradise. The last point shouldn't undermine the quality of MyRing's pfeiffer for the loss of only 4 runs; only one of his wickets wasn't clean bowled and that as plum an LBW as you're likely to see. His efforts, however, make The German's maiden Salix century and his record partnership with CK1 an even more astonishing achievement.

The mullahs of the team inspected the pitch before the game and decided that batting second would be preferable on a damp wicket that was likely the dry out as the day progressed.

As usual, such conjecture was entirely irrelevant as The German lost the toss and we were put into bat. Fears about the state of the pitch seemed well founded when Matt went early caught behind off a ball that popped up unexpectedly from just short of a length; the Nurdler and ExCapn Ben soon followed, both victims of the pitch, although I can't recall precisely how because I was reading the Viz letters page at the time.

Three wickets became four for 24 as I departed without troubling the scorers, playing a shot described variously as unlucky (me) and the love child of Joe DiMaggio and a powercrazed hairdryer (everyone else). However, my departure only brought a reinvigorated CK1 to the crease and he and the German proceeded to build Salix's record partnership of 186 with some great swashbuckling shots. CK1 eventually departed for 73, unlucky to be caught right on the boundary's edge going for another big 6. By that stage the German was within 5 of a well earned century, which followed soon after the Bison had joined him at the crease, an easy single taking him to the milestone after a beautifully timed pull shot to the boundary had taken him within one run two balls earlier.

A target of 229 was always likely to be easy defend on a wicket that hadn't improved as much as had been predicted. And so it was. Roger and Steve-O both found plenty of movement and bounce in the wicket, although Roger's first victim could be forgiven for feeling slightly hard done by as he was bowled by a delivery that shot on at ankle height. Four further wickets fell before the Director and new boy Dave entered the fray; the former picking up a wicket in his final over by a ball described by a member of the opposition as a "peach of a jaffer". Dave bowled well and with a more athletic slip cordon would have picked up a couple of wickets. I had their skipper caught behind early on and CK1 was unlucky not to pick up a couple more after bowling some scooby doos late in the afternoon, but Wanderers put in a stout defence and all credit to them for batting out the 35 overs as well as for not calling for a premature end to the game when it started bucketing down with only 2 overs left. Picture details: Our three record breakers: Rog: Five wickets for four runs in five overs, highest partnership CK1 and The German: 186. And Captain the German: 101 not out

Salix CC versus Mighty Wanderers at Glaxo on 07-05-2006(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting first)222for 5off35overs Match Won
Mighty Wanderers82for 9off35overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Dominic Spillane14Bowled
2.Matt Swindells0Caught
3.Andy Rayner101Not Out
4.Ben Shaw1Bowled
5.Mike Ellis0Bowled
6.Christy Kulasingam73Caught
7.Mark Dyson11Not Out
8.Roger Heaton0Did Not Bat
9.Tony Fletcher0Did Not Bat
10.David Padmore0Did Not Bat
11.Steve Jacobs0Did Not Bat
1.Steve Jacobs7214114.0042.002.00
2.Roger Heaton54450.806.000.80
3.David Padmore7380--1.14
4.Tony Fletcher4116116.0024.004.00
5.Mike Ellis7220120.0042.002.86
6.Christy Kulasingam4017117.0024.004.25
7.Andy Rayner1010--1.00
Steve Jacobs1catch
Ben Shaw1catch

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