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A sad but winning day...: vs Gents of West London 13 Sep 2009 (Season: 2009)
Report by: Captain Elvis

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Capn Elvis passes over the reins to CGC
Part of me suspected, given our track record over the years, that losing the final ever match at Glaxo would somehow be apt; but boy did I want to win, probably more so than any other game I've ever played for Salix. And win we did, possibly by having one of the strongest teams that Salix can put out; 9 of our 11 had scored a 50 for Salix and only wicket-keeper Capn Ben hadn't taken a wicket this season. After a little juggling with the batting order, Yesterdays Man and Monkey went out to bat, carefully seeing out the first few overs before the former spanked a few long hops for four to get the innings going. Unfortunately Monkey, obviously a little frustrated at not being able to spank a few himself, didn't last long and holed out to mid-off. With the exception of Texas, who played a number of fine cut shots through the covers in a quick fire 38, the rest of the middle order didn't offer much on a relatively easy batting wicket and I was beginning to get nervous that we wouldn't reach the 200 minimum I felt we'd need. However, the Tassie Tornado, feeling a little aggrieved at batting no.8, hit an exceedingly quick 50 to put us back on course and then VCGC and Rog put a few bonus runs on the board down the order to see us reach a fairly hefty 224, our highest score for two years.

After years of slightly bizarre teas, including a selection of nefarious sandwiches and muffins with a best before date pertaining to the previous season, the staff at Glaxo sheepishly informed us that this weeks allsorts selection of sarnies had been erroneously eaten the night before by revellers and had to prepare us burgers, hot dogs and chips instead, complemented with a fine selection of biscuits for afters. It was undoubtedly the best tea in the 9 seasons that I've played at Glaxo, although it did have the potential to make the team sluggish in the field. However, whilst our catching wasn't great, our ball stopping was excellent (notably Ginge and Monkey) and combined with some superb bowling from CK1, Texas, TT and VCGC kept the pressure on throughout the innings, so that by the time I came on to bowl, Gents were forced to hit out and the wickets began to tumble accordingly. Special mention to VCGC for taking a catch in the deep that hung over him for a good 5 seconds and to some excellent wicket-keeping by Capn Ben.

And so came the final over, with Gents needing 50 odd to win; who else to bowl it but the man who started it all. His first ball lobbed and stitched up Gent's captain who played it tamely in the air for Capn Ben to take an easy catch. His second ball flew towards me at mid on, but with failing light I didn't pick the depth correctly and it bounced just short (poor judgement boys, not catch avoidance, take it off the dropped catch list) (ED: No) . His third ball was played out to deep mid-off, where Arsey scampered round to field and his throw hit the stumps from 30 yards to run out their number 8. His fourth ball was dollied to short fine leg for CK1 to snaffle and the remainder of the over was blocked out, such was the lower order's fear of Yesterdays Mans bowling.

In the end a relatively easy win against a good team, who played with a sense of humour and who've had a very successful season themselves. It was sad to see the end of cricket at Glaxo after 70 years, but I think we said farewell in style and for once played as the old place deserved.

Salix CC versus Gents of West London at Glaxo on 13-09-2009(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting first)224for 8off35overs Match Won
Gents of West London174for 9off35overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Charlie Clews0Caught
2.Tony Fletcher34Caught
3.David Padmore11LBW
4.Kunwar Singh38LBW
5.Adam Darling8LBW
6.Christy Kulasingam2Bowled
7.Ben Shaw6Bowled
8.Nick Goold67Caught
9.Stuart Lumsden24Not Out
10.Roger Heaton22Not Out
11.Mike Ellis0Did Not Bat
1.Kunwar Singh7236136.0042.005.14
2.Christy Kulasingam5026126.0030.005.20
3.Stuart Lumsden5119119.0030.003.80
4.Nick Goold71270--3.86
5.Mike Ellis7042410.5010.506.00
6.Roger Heaton30190--6.33
7.Tony Fletcher10221.003.002.00
Ben Shaw2catches
Christy Kulasingam1catch
Stuart Lumsden1catch
Kunwar Singh2drops
Charlie Clews1drop
Mike Ellis1drop
Tony Fletcher1drop

The Teams

Tassie Tornado congratulated by the Gents Inkollu

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CE left the following remarks on 14th September 2009

Fine, I'll take the drop. But in that case, the Direktor is guilt of at least 3. At least.

Yesterdays Man left the following remarks on 14th September 2009

Fixed the wicket maiden thing, StevO-O is clearly earning the retainer I pay him for "services to brown nosing" and Andy from the Gents kindly sent 2 photos which I have upped.

Steve-O left the following remarks on 14th September 2009

I leave you boys alone for one Sunday and you go let Tony have a bowl and a bat and he does both impressively... what can I say the battle for top wicket taker continues!

Ginge left the following remarks on 14th September 2009

I bowled a wicket maiden, I think. Second over.