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VCGC backs our bowling...: vs West XI 16 Aug 2009 (Season: 2009)
Report by: Yesterdays Man

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Fifer hero the Grey Badger and zeroman StevO-O
A lovely day saw the Mighty Salix (season to date p:12 w:2) assemble at Harlington for our last game there this season against new oppos, West XI. Winning the toss VCGC put us in the heat of the field, backing our bowling. Of course I know better than him and I knew we were doomed. Doomed, I tell you. Anyhow after the usual scrabble to press gang a keeper (in fact three for this game) as Capn Ben in on hols or at work or something, and the Dazzler is resting his groin, out we went and pretty soon a breakthrough when the Tassie Tornado put in a dazzling throw, so good that yours truly was able to remain supine and still perform the run out.

And from then on the Man with no nickname and the StevOO laboured miserly-ly but to little avail until cometh the man of the hour, the Grey Badger, literally on fire, taking a superb fifer. Excellent fielding as well, with the Chopper wielding a bionic arm to take a spectacular one handed catch in mid field, the Man with no nickname snaffling a thin snick behind the timbers and the Nurdler pouching a super one in the deep gulley. And so the tail was cleaned and it was into tea. Which was excellent, as usual.

Now, VCGC may have backed the bowling but I feel fairly sure he hadn't anticipated what was to happen next. The opening pair set off at a rate of knots with especially the Chopper, whilst looking like he was going to get out with every ball, miraculously connecting with most of them to ratchet up a rapid score. To my knowledge he didn't play a forward defensive for 6 overs, and when he did there was round of applause. But then it all changed with West XI's wily spinner who, in his first 4 overs got 4 wickets for 7 runs as a procession of our middle and upper order players impaled themselves on the spike of his (whatever the opposite of an Exocet is) -like deliveries.

Still, we had our last youthful pair of the Tassie and the VCGC who steadied the ship, mixed the metaphors and whacked off the last 45 or so in double quick time to allow us all an early bath in time to see Usain Bolt set a new world record as he stormed to a stunning victory in the 100m at the World Championships in Berlin (except me as I had dozed off on the couch.) A beautiful summers day, excellent opponents and a very friendly game and to top it all off, on the way out I paused to watch the Whalers chasing 250-odd and being 71 for 7. After the whacking they gave us a few ago, I though, schadenfreude, where's a German expression when you need one.

Salix CC versus West XI at Harlington on 16-08-2009(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)133for 5off26overs Match Won
West XI127all outoff27overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Mark Rickman38Bowled
2.Dominic Spillane29Bowled
3.Christy Kulasingam2Stumped
4.Vikram Bhalla7Bowled
5.Kunwar Singh0Bowled
6.Nick Goold12Not Out
7.Stuart Lumsden35Not Out
8.Tony Fletcher0Did Not Bat
9.Tim Collins0Did Not Bat
10.Cameron Jacobs0Did Not Bat
11.Steve Jacobs0Did Not Bat
1.Steve Jacobs50240--4.80
2.Kunwar Singh6124124.0036.004.00
3.Christy Kulasingam713156.208.404.43
4.Nick Goold7128214.0021.004.00
5.Stuart Lumsden20919.0012.004.50
Mark Rickman2catches
Nick Goold1catch
Kunwar Singh1catch
Dominic Spillane1catch

Chopper unleashes bionic arm (recreation)

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General Brigadier Sir Bufton Tufton (Mrs.) left the following remarks on 17th August 2009

Dear Sir, when I was in charge of the club, sorry I mean the previous management, we would not have dreamt of fielding a team without everyone having a decent nickname. This week at least several players did not have proper nicknames. This decline in standards is outrageous and must be stopped. As I was saying to Big Elsie the TV yesterday, what next. A Labour Government? Yours General Brigadier Sir Bufton Tufton (Mrs.)

Steve-O left the following remarks on 17th August 2009

Perhaps also worth mentioning that prior to this game our catches:drops ratio for the season stood at 29:33 and yet in this game we caught 5 and dropped 0 (bringing our season's tally into credit)... could this, perhaps, be the key to winning games of cricket? In fact I just thought up a witty truism to prove the point - catches win matches! Though I have a feeling I might have heard that somewhere before?