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Win, Win, Win. (This was a 25 over-9 a side game Ed): South Stanmore CC 25 June 2006 Glaxo (Season: 2006)
Report by: the Nurdler

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Fat old bloke death bowls PB of 3.3-0-9-4 and dreams of next
I had thought of putting in one of those alliterative titles "Sparky Salix Spank South Stanmore" for example - but I think we can leave that sort of thing to the Red Tops. (It's not up there with the Suns " Save Jordans Jugs" either is it?, Ed) In any case, this would be factually incorrect, we did win but it was by no means a spanking although it did have a touch of the Boy's Own Paper about it. I'll start at the beginning..

More late arrivals this week - A wrecked car blocking the exit from the A40 at Greenford meant an unschedualled trip to the Target Roundabout for several of the players, myself included. A prompt start, with Salix batting, resulted in an opening pair of Tinker and CK1 with Salix debutant Rich at number three. The run rate was good but the wickets kept falling until The German was paired with Puff and a serious amount of smiting ensued so that, by the time The Bison sacrificed himself attempting a suicidal third run off the last ball, the score had climbed to 178 all out. A pretty fair total we thought but with only nine men, it could be hard work in the field.

This proved to be the case. Steve-O and CK1 opened the bowling and Steve took an early wicket. (Given the discussion on his catching prowess on the Guest-book pages, we should note that this was Mark?s second catch in as many weeks.) This proved to be a false dawn though as the second wicket pair put the bowling to the sword after a cautious couple of overs. The rate went up at 8 or 9 an over and the partnership took the score well over the hundred mark. It was looking bleak for Salix and, for the second week in a row, we needed a miracle.

This time, it happened. CK1 induced a skied slog to deep mid-off and your correspondent managed to cling on (enough of a miracle in itself, some might say!) (He is being modest, twasa good catch Ed) . Andy took a beautiful catch diving low to get the next man in and CK1 produced a beauty to knock out the middle stump of the number five. Three wickets for Christy then and suddenly we were in with a shout, although South Stanmore only needed 5 an over to get home. Now came the masterstroke. The German, having had some success slowing the scoring rate bowling spinners, reasoned that even slower could be even better and asked Herr Direcktor to swap his gloves and pads for the ball. The resulting spell was a match-winner. The run-rate was cut to a trickle and wickets fell steadily. Puff took his first Salix catch (following the obligatory baptismal drop at New Beckenham) and the last three batsmen were beaten in the flight and bowled as we ran out winners by 13 runs. The finish was just in time to allow us to watch the footie on the Glaxo giant screen. What a day! Major respect to: The German for scoring big again; CK1 for a marathon 12 over stint in hot, hot weather; Tony for his match-winning spell; Andy-the-Kiwi for a good knock and a good catch; and the opposition for taking it all in good part (even the 10 ball over).

PS My nomination for England's man of the tournament at the World Cup: The Russian Ref who did his best to ensure that the entire Dutch and Portuguese squads were unable to play the quarter-final against England as a result of either injury or suspension. He's got my vote to take charge of Brazil's quarter-final match!

PPS The more observant amongst you will have noticed that the title of today's report is Win, Win, Win and I've only mentioned two victories. The third one was Lancashire's victory over Warwickshire, (they're all Northeners I think, Ed) which puts us in the C&G final in August - guess who's looking for tickets. (Well, we had some in November. but who'd a thought the Mancs would get through then eh.. Ed)

Salix CC versus South Stanmore CC at Glaxo on 25-06-2006(25 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting first)178for 8off25overs Match Won
South Stanmore CC165for 8off24.3overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Graham Nannery13Bowled
2.Christy Kulasingam14Caught
3.Richard Kluth7Run Out
4.Tony Fletcher14Caught
5.Andrew Harvey24Caught
6.Andy Rayner67Bowled
7.Dominic Spillane8LBW
8.Mark Dyson6Run Out
9.Steve Jacobs1Not Out
10.
11.
Extras24
Total178
No.PlayerOversMaidensRunsWicketsAveSREcon
1.Steve Jacobs5050150.0030.0010.00
2.Christy Kulasingam12055318.3324.004.58
3.Andy Rayner40330--8.25
4.Tony Fletcher3.30942.255.252.57
Mark Dyson1catch
Andrew Harvey1catch
Andy Rayner1catch
Dominic Spillane1catch
Tony Fletcher1drop
Richard Kluth1drop
Christy Kulasingam1drop


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