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Teamworktime: Gents 16 Sept 2007 (Season: 2007)
Report by: The Direcktor, man of much advice

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From Chavland it was back to our beautiful West London home, on a lovely late summers day to play the Gents and face Dauods bowling for the third time this year (v the Mightys, at Captains Day and now v the Gents.  Winning the toss, Captain Elvis told us to strap on the gear and get going.  And that’s where it all might have went wrong.

A few years ago a friend (yes, I do have one) bought me a book for my birthday called the Tipping Point.  I have never read it, but the blurb says its about butterfly wings and Amazons and stuff and the heartbeat of a fly radiating out into the world and causing an earthquake.  As I said, I haven’t read it, (note to friend, I usually prefer Scotch, fags or if pushed a little light smut for my birthday.)  But I digress.

No sooner were we out than the Ginger Express fell to a full toss, followed next ball by Baldrick.  2 for 5.  Tipping point potential 1.  But cometh the hour cometh the men and we didn’t tip, as me and the Chopper put on nearly 50 to steady the ship and be followed by teamworkers many.  Medium partnerships were slowly accumulated, steady and sure and then Padders and the Man of Year had a bit of a whack out and what do you know, by tea, we were 193.  If might even have been 200 if our umpire (no names, no packdrill but he is an accountant) oversaw a four ball over.  Still, it was good and there were even enough cakes and stuff for everyone.

And back on the field the Steve-O, Ginger Express and Padders kept it nailed down. Until the second change, and I know he won’t mind me mentioning this, but the Captain got whacked about a bit and was followed by the Dazzler who got whacked about even more.  And thus to the second possible tipping point.  Would that headlices heartbeat in rural Albania radiate out across Europe and cause us to slump.  Well, er, no as CK1 and Padders came back and order was restored as they controlled the runs.  Some good fielding and the Capitan even came back bowling as normal and the Dazzler took a snappy catch. 

And so another great match.  The Gents are a relatively new oppo for us, but they are nice blokes to a man and there was plenty of good-natured chat.  All in all a really exceptionally pleasant game with the odd thrill, a big 6 from our Accountant and above all brilliant team work from the lads.   

And the photo, well Baldrick admired my Photoshop skills, so this one’s for him 
Salix CC versus Gents of West London at Glaxo on 16-09-2007(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)193for 8off35overs Match Won
Gents of West London164all outoff35overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Stuart Lumsden4Bowled
2.Tony Fletcher16Caught
3.Will Venning0Bowled
4.Mark Rickman32Caught
5.Ben Shaw28Caught
6.Rajeev Sanwalka17Caught
7.Christy Kulasingam32Caught
8.David Padmore37Not Out
9.Mike Ellis8Bowled
10.Darren Gavigan0Did Not Bat
11.Steve Jacobs0Did Not Bat
1.Steve Jacobs7124212.0021.003.43
2.Stuart Lumsden7228214.0021.004.00
3.David Padmore7030215.0021.004.29
4.Mike Ellis6033133.0036.005.50
5.Christy Kulasingam711728.5021.002.43
6.Darren Gavigan10140--14.00
Mike Ellis2catches
Ben Shaw2catches
Darren Gavigan1catch

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