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Wot a puddin of a pitch: Drovers 4 May 2008 (Season: 2008)
Report by: Mr Duckman

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A hard, fast track. not
Well, after a week of non stop drizzle, it was the season opener. Amazingly we got going nearly on time under a leaden sky and on a total pudding of wicket. Captain Elvis won the toss but put the Drovers in to bat. Now, I’m a very old man, but what then followed was one of the least interesting games of cricket I have ever seen, played in, dreamed of or even fallen into a deep coma because of . On a pitch that totally valued technique over anything else, the Drovers got off to a slowish start with our new player, Jesus, bowling a wicket maiden and Steve-O managing nearly 3 overs before “taking a spell”. CK1 got the other opener with superb catch by ex Capn Ben but then the Drovers steadily applied themselves and went into tea having hit a creditable 172.

Following tea, which has now gone up in price and now doesn’t even feature cakes any more, and milk in little plastic things that squirt you on the eye when you try and tear them open, the Salixties trotted out onto the muddy strip. If I mention that Bison and extras both scored 41 and both took most of our overs to do it, you’ll know how hard it was to get the ball away. Credit to the Drovers, they managed 170 odd. Us lads managed 135, of which, as I say 41 was in extras, and only CK1 and Bison remotely assembling a score. We all ought to be tied up, spanked and made to pay for the privilege (oh no, wait that’s Formula One).

Anyhow, a start to the season. Roll on next week’s double header.

Salix CC versus Drovers CC at Glaxo on 04-05-2008(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)136for 9off35overs Match Lost
Drovers CC172for 6off35overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Tony Fletcher0Caught
2.Mark Dyson41Caught
3.Ben Shaw12Caught
4.Tim Collins0Caught
5.Christy Kulasingam36LBW
6.Darren Gavigan2Caught
7.Alastair Davidson2Caught
8.Roger Heaton0Bowled
9.Mike Ellis0Caught
10.Will Venning2Not Out
11.Steve Jacobs0Not Out
Extras41
Total136
No.PlayerOversMaidensRunsWicketsAveSREcon
1.Steve Jacobs6031131.0036.005.17
2.Alastair Davidson7230215.0021.004.29
3.Christy Kulasingam701527.5021.002.14
4.Mike Ellis60360--6.00
5.Roger Heaton60320--5.33
6.Will Venning3024124.0018.008.00
Mark Dyson1catch
Mike Ellis1catch
Tony Fletcher1catch
Ben Shaw1catch
Mike Ellis1drop
Tony Fletcher1drop
Darren Gavigan1drop
Roger Heaton1drop


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Capn Elvis left the following remarks on 6th May 2008

I feel that my drop should also be credited to Rog; I had it in my sites and would most certainly have snaffled it, having taken a stupendous catch not a few overs earlier, had the big lad not dived across it and obscured my view. Otherwise, well played lads, let down by some sh1te bowling from your skipper and a general inability to spank bad balls for 6, a feat Drovers were capable of and which we weren't.