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Lame Salix limp to defeat: Islip May 11 2008 (Season: 2008)
Report by: The Nurdler

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The Nurdlertoe. Photo c Steve-O
It was roasting hot in Oxfordshire as a Salix XI turned up for the annual match at Islip. This marked something of a first as we were putting out two sides for the first time ever. I wouldn’t speculate on which side (if either) was supposed to be a 1st XI, but I can tell you that we played (to be more accurate batted) more like the 4th XI reserves.

From the top then: as we assembled in the car park at Islip it became clear that Andy-the Kiwi had been replaced by Bison’s brother (playing his first ever competitive game) and that our glorious leader had pulled up lame with an inflamed foot bone. It was clear he expected to bat at 11 and field at slip. If only he knew what was in store.

In line with the rest of the match, we lost the toss but with Rog happily driving via Earl’s Court with Fulham and Chelsea both at home, half the side had yet to turn up so the opposition very politely put us in. A catalogue of disasters ensued. Your author copped a fast full toss flush on the top of the toes and was run out two balls later attempting to limp a second to the best fielder on the pitch. Mr H swung and missed. Ben hit a couple of lovely fours and then got a good one. That left us at 20 for 3, there was a slight rally as Adam smacked a quick 28 and Tim, Bison and then Dave hung around with him and we reached the relative prosperity of 73 for 5 having seen off the openers. The appearance of the first change bowlers seemed to induce a collective madness and 6.1 overs of mad swishing alternating with studious blocks brought 6 more runs and 5 more wickets. All out 79. The Bison and Dave also contrived to tweak muscles while batting and we now had four crocks in the field.

Eight tight overs before tea saw Islip reduce the deficit by only 14 runs but crucially, they kept all ten wickets in hand. Post-scoff, despite half the side being unable to run, tight bowling and some good ground fielding meant that we kept in it and we managed to reduce them to 62 for 7 before a few solid shots saw Islip home. Great bowling from Dave and Steve-O, not much luck for Rog and a brave effort from Cap’n Elvis who loaded up on painkillers, winced in and took two big wickets. It proved however too little too late. Well done to Islip who were missing a few regulars but held their chances and deserved the win.

Salix CC versus Islip at Islip on 12-05-2008(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting first)79all outoff32overs Match Lost
Islip80for 6off26overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Dominic Spillane2Run Out
2.Dave Henig5Bowled
3.Ben Shaw11Bowled
4.Tim Collins3Bowled
5.Mark Dyson13Bowled
6.Adam Darling28Caught
7.David Padmore5Caught
8.Paul Dyson0LBW
9.Roger Heaton1Caught
10.Steve Jacobs0Not Out
11.Mike Ellis1Bowled
Extras10
Total79
No.PlayerOversMaidensRunsWicketsAveSREcon
1.David Padmore811527.5024.001.88
2.Roger Heaton62270--4.50
3.Mike Ellis6029214.5018.004.83
4.Steve Jacobs60933.0012.001.50
Mike Ellis1drop


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Steve-O left the following remarks on 16th May 2008

PS Thanks for the plug about my wickets but I have to say there is another more important landmark which I am (slowly) approaching - I "only" need another 9 runs to have scored an aggregate of 100 for the club!


Steve-O left the following remarks on 16th May 2008

PS Thanks for the plug about my wickets but I have to say there is another more important landmark which I am (slowly) approaching - I "only" need another 9 runs to have scored an aggregate of 100 for the club!


Steve-O left the following remarks on 16th May 2008

Hey Dom, don't really appreciate you mentioning my inability to run down the wicket and throw myself headlong onto the pitch to try and take that return catch thank you very much! However, I do appreciate you not mentioning that, in my anger, I then miskicked it on the half volley and they stole a quick single! LOL


Nurdler left the following remarks on 14th May 2008

A quick check of the database shows that my report should have included congrats to Steve-O who has reached 150 wickets and drawn level with Herr Direktor in the wicket taking stakes. If you'd reached that return catch, you have been one ahead, Steve!


One of the teams many doctors.. left the following remarks on 14th May 2008

This grotesque picture of the Nurdler toe prompted to me to look at the site stats: virtually 9 out 10 recent Google searches that fetch up on our shores are for “bruises” I feel sure these people are all medical professionals looking for reference shots but I am not quite so sure about the person last year who came upon us whilst surfing for “ginger c**t”.