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Last Ball Thrilla: vs Drovers CC 08 May 2011 (Season: 2011)
Report by: Yesterdays Man

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Swords has an MG
I guess you could describe this game as the perfect cricket match. Nice weather, excellent opponents, very friendly spirit and a game that was not decided until the very last ball. If (**)the Drovers had bowled a no ball and Elvis hit a six, we would have won.

Both teams hit well over 200 on a pitch that was classic early season batter friendly. True, a little slow, and the short ball stood up and said "whack me". The bowlers were always in for terrible figures and thus it was. The Drovers batted first and thanks to an excellent spell by SteveO especially took a while to get going however get going they did and even Elvis's best efforts only slowed it down a little. In their innings they got I think, 14 -6's. Salix got exactly none. Two good outfield catches by yours truly and the Swords did also not much dent the slow and steady appreciation of runs, however it was the last ten overs that saw the real damage done as building on one of their top orders players big score (not in the book, 70 odd?) they went troppo on our bowling. 222 at tea.

And so in came Salix and it was an exact opposite approach and the top order came in a-whacking and accumulating. Sadly none of our top 5 went on to 50 but still at drinks we were ahead of the run rate, helped it must be said by 55 extras. Indeed we were also helped by the Drovers dropping, I guess, 10 catches? We dropped 2, however the lower order stuttered a bit when the slower bowlers came on and gradually the run rate climbed and climbed.

I said this at the beginning and I'll say this again: a perfect cricket match: competitive yes, but friendly, pleasant and a lovely afternoon. I defy anyone to spend a nicer 6 hours than this. And finally a thought for our hero of the tour, the Swords. Run out not facing, dropped two and clattered around. Still he has an MG now.


I found this Russian proverb. it mentions tinker!!!
If ifs and buts were candy and nuts;
if wishes were horses, beggars might ride.;
ifs and ands were pots and pans, then we would need no tinkers.;
if wishes were fishes, there'd be no room in the river for water.
Russian Proverb

Salix CC versus Drovers CC at Harlington on 08-05-2011(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)217for 8off35overs Match Lost
Drovers CC222for 8off35overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Mark Rickman30Bowled
2.Christy Kulasingam8Caught
3.David Padmore23Bowled
4.Tony Fletcher30Caught
5.Stuart Lumsden36Caught
6.Darren Gavigan8Bowled
7.Roger Heaton4Caught
8.Mike Ellis16Not Out
9.Andy Foster0Run Out
10.Mark Jolly7Not Out
11.Steve Jacobs0Did Not Bat
1.Steve Jacobs7016116.0042.002.29
2.Roger Heaton40320--8.00
3.Christy Kulasingam30320--10.67
4.Mike Ellis721735.6714.002.43
5.Stuart Lumsden70490--7.00
6.Andy Foster40390--9.75
7.Mark Jolly303348.254.5011.00
Tony Fletcher1catch
Andy Foster1catch
Darren Gavigan1catch
Roger Heaton1catch
Mark Rickman1catch
Andy Foster2drops
Darren Gavigan1drop

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The SwordsMan left the following remarks on 13th May 2011

Harsh Drop assement, if you don't mind me saying. I have the bruises to prove it.

Management left the following remarks on 12th May 2011

Following extensive discussions and negotiations, we are pleased to announce the resumption of normal service. Details are confidential but Mr Database has had his Marlboro Lights allowance reinstated and has also had a good lie down on the sofa. Regarding players who claim a maiden but which was not written in the scorebook, the Mgt advice is to "swallow it" as being one of life's little vicissitudes..

The Management left the following remarks on 9th May 2011


Due to the public answering back to their elders and banging on about maiden overs, normal service is suspended. The Union of Relational Database workers apologises to the general viewing public for any disruption and recommends they use alternative methods to pass their time like poking each other on Facebook, Tweeting their lunch menus or looking at Wendy Hurrells website. Negotiations with management are ongoing and we hope normal service may be resumed if operatives are allowed to bat at 10 and snooze in the slips.

CGC left the following remarks on 9th May 2011

I, also, bowled a maiden yesterday. 6th over. Rog can have his, too. When I cited work as an excuse for not typing up the tour stats, YM roundly chastised me. One rule for one...

ex Capn Elvis left the following remarks on 9th May 2011

Yes, a stumping was missed TYS - barely perceptible, but I hold you to higher standards these days because you've improved so much. And Rog, you almost had a maiden in one of your overs but they nicked a single off the last ball - which is better than bowling a filthy full toss of your last ball for 3 overs in a row. YM, apparently CK only took the one wicket in the first match so whoever picked up the couple that Swordsman didn't take should have his name inserted instead of CK's towards the end of the paragraph that discuss Hungary's innings on the Saturday. Steve-O, your wicket is included in the write-up, I just didn't specifically say it was first ball of the season. Have I covered everything or shall I just continue writing tosh? Tosh, I think.

YM left the following remarks on 9th May 2011

If you did bowl a maiden over Rog, it's not recorded in the book. Are you sure its not a febrile dream? You can appeal to CGC to have the book overruled..

Rog left the following remarks on 9th May 2011

not sure i should claim this as it makes my remaining 3 overs look even worse, but didn't i bowl a maiden? am setting myself the achievable target of QOTM this season...

ym left the following remarks on 9th May 2011

In the immortal words of Michael Winner and David Cameron, calm down dear. I haven't finished doing the tour stats on the somewhat amazing grounds that I have some work to do. Take a look on Tuesday and if there is a problem, email me

Steve-O left the following remarks on 9th May 2011

And i don't remember the oppo making 500 - 1; have the gremlins taken over the stats d/b?!

Steve-O left the following remarks on 9th May 2011

One small amendment requested for the tour report (or rather scorecard) - where's my bloody wicket gone?! First ball of the season don't want to miss that one thank you very much!

TYS left the following remarks on 9th May 2011

a missed stumping?

YM left the following remarks on 9th May 2011

No comments for the tour pages sadly. I cite technical issues relating to coked up flanges on the output pipes of the massively relational database. You can mail me changes though

ex Capn Elvis left the following remarks on 9th May 2011

Not related to this match, but will we have a comments section for the tour report? Apparently I need to make some corrections due to severe memory lapses. I thought TYS kept well yesterday, despite the dropped catch. He did, however, miss a stumping.

YM left the following remarks on 9th May 2011

A brave admission from YS and duly updated..

The Young Spillane left the following remarks on 9th May 2011

I couldn't agree more, it was a lovely afternoon, even the Harlington wind eased off occasionally. I have to 'fess up to a drop though, a speedy edge off CGC's bowling that I could only get half a glove to. I would say I did it on purpose just to make him even more grumpy but I HATE dropping catches.