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Windy in Walton: vs STOCC 22 May 2011 (Season: 2011)
Report by: Yesterdays Man

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The lads pull their trousers up
We've been waiting for rain for weeks and it looked like it might come today. But it didn't. We had served a super injunction on it and no one was allowed to mention it so it stayed away. The motley band that is Salix assembled at a new ground in lovely Walton on Thames, a place where no child goes nanny-less and the SUV is de-riguer. We welcomed back the prodigal Ex Captain the German, resplendent in new sports wear and returning for his first game in 3 years. Actual Captain GC was late so Badmo either put us into bat or was put into bat and away we went.

Our openers lurched to the slowest of starts, (ex Captain Ben taking no less than 25 balls to get of the mark (none according to him, a leg bye according to the scorebook) and by drinks it was all looking decidedly iffy. However the tail wagged rather more rapidly and by tea we had a moderate, but unlikely to be match winning, score in the book.

A decent opening bowling spell saw the doors open, but they then slammed shut fairly firmly as STOCC glided serenely to a win with several overs to spare. From my point of view (standing rather stiffly at or around square leg and doing mainly sod all) I noticed a weird malaise sweep over the team when STOCC still needed 50 or so. Our bowling was pretty decent but our fielding was awful, a sort of collective lethargy settled over the field. One feature of note is that it was incredibly windy, and so doing some research on Google, I find that strong winds often cause lethargy and depression. The Sirocco, the Foehn, the Mistral, the Sharav, the Hamsin and the Chinook are just a few. It's clear to me that Salix had the wind in Walton and that's why it happened.

Still, another good game against very pleasant opponents and on a pretty nice pitch too. One day we'll win a game. That's if the wind goes does down.

Salix CC versus STOCC at Elm Grove Rec, Walton on 22-05-2011(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting first)146for 7off35overs Match Lost
STOCC149for 5off29.4overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.David Padmore8Caught
2.Christy Kulasingam5Caught
3.Ben Shaw13Bowled
4.Rajeev Sanwalka0LBW
5.Andy Rayner21Caught
6.Stuart Lumsden7Caught
7.Dave Henig23Bowled
8.Tony Fletcher33Not Out
9.Andy Foster10Not Out
10.Mark Jolly0Did Not Bat
11.Steve Jacobs0Did Not Bat
1.Steve Jacobs30180--6.00
2.Andy Foster7127127.0042.003.86
3.Stuart Lumsden6031131.0036.005.17
4.David Padmore7031215.5021.004.43
5.Christy Kulasingam40140--3.50
6.Mark Jolly20210--10.50
7.Dave Henig0.40515.004.007.50
Ben Shaw2catches
Stuart Lumsden1catch
Tony Fletcher1drop
Mark Jolly1drop
Ben Shaw1drop

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Swordsman left the following remarks on 24th May 2011

Did you drop a catch Hierr Direktor? I'd completely forgotten. I was probably busy dreaming about LBW's. I know some of us train in the nets and some of us have been to Umpiring School but should we organise some Appealing training. You know, the kind of training where you can learn to wrap your tonsils around the umpires cheeks as you scream, telepahically raising the umpires index finger as he soils himself?

Bison left the following remarks on 23rd May 2011

...in which case you really must be in utterly dire straits. I would, of course, love to amuse you all with my bumbling efforts at the crease - but distance forbids, so I'll have to be content with cyberstalking your season from afar.

YM left the following remarks on 23rd May 2011

I have come over all reticent in my old age Bison, in any case in the kingdom of the blind, the one eyed man is king. Plus I dropped a sitter off The Swordsmans bowling, which he was kind enough not to rub in. We could do with a man with your drive, enthusiasm and all round athletic prowess in the team to propel us out of the early season slump....

Bison left the following remarks on 23rd May 2011

Tony, is that windy lethargy still affecting you? I never thought I'd see the day when you top score, beating even the prolific Mr Extras, and fail to mention it in the match report...