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Flattened: vs London Nigerians 19 Jun 2011 (Season: 2011)
Report by: Young Spillane/YM

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Salix have been playing London Nigerians for many years now, although for various reasons there has been no match for the last two years. There almost wasn't yesterday either. The five in Jacob's car trundling out of the South London traffic were not hopeful when sheets of rain splattered the windscreen all the way along the A4, however the rain did ease off.

SteveO opened the bowling and set the tone for a good bowling and fielding performance from Salix with a tight spell full of nous and slower balls. Rog opened at the other end and once he found off-stump he bowled a decent spell, removing one opener through a good catch from Karan. Salix kept on plugging away and kept on taking wickets regularly. Quality catching and fielding, as well as concentration, were maintained throughout the 32 overs bowled, a reflection perhaps of the leadership of stand-in captain Badmo. Karan bowled particularly well, a sublime mixture of fizzing left arm spin with the occasional skiddy bouncer thrown in for good measure. His four wickets were well deserved. Swords stemmed the tide with a canny spell as well as providing a constant energetic presence in the field and Arsey bowled four quality overs of surprising pace.

There was only one moment of classic Salix ineptitude and that was when Rog, fielding at long-off, didn't pick up a huge aerial slog and only realised it was heading for him when the entire Salix team started shouting at him. At this point he decided to crouch on the grass, cowering, with his hands over his head. Luckily for him the ball landed a few metres away. Yesterdays Man showed how to do it though with a stunning catch, back-pedalling at mid-on, leaping backwards and pouching a near-vertical slog. He also whacked his head so hard upon landing that BT turned up and started laying some pipes in the crack in the ground. So, 156 to the Nigerians, and Salix were moderately confident at tea?. :(

Badmo and ex Capn Ben settled in nicely before the latter bottom edged a wideish one onto his stumps. Badmo was unlucky, run out backing up at the non strikers end when the bowler deflected Abdullah's drive onto the stumps. CK1 dollied one that stuck on the surface of the pitch and suddenly it was 30 odd for 3 and Dazzler was heading out. He missed a few, hit a meaty six then edged to first slip. A mixture of very good bowling, bad luck and a pitch that did a lot had done for the Salix top order although Abdullah played well until driving one to the bowler who took a sharp catch at the second attempt. The middle order were back on the windswept bench in no time at all, leaving the YM and SteveO double act finale arguing over who was going to keep the strike and get the hundred to win for the last wicket. SteveO was the lucky one and was promptly plumb LBW to a big, floaty pie that destroyed his batting average for the season and simultaneously gave lie that the acquisition of Badmo's old bat that had made him into Jack Hobbs.

So, despite starting late, the match finished early. And in glorious bright sunshine. Thanks to Jacobs Junior for coming along and scoring and Shaw Junior for helping with various warm ups and fielding for a couple of overs when YM left the field with a sore noggin.

Salix CC versus London Nigerians at Harlington on 19-06-2011(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)64all outoff22overs Match Lost
London Nigerians156all outoff35overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Ben Shaw13Bowled
2.David Padmore4Run Out
3.Abdullah Pandit22Caught & Bowled
4.Christy Kulasingam0Caught & Bowled
5.Darren Gavigan6Caught
6.Karan Ghuwalewala1Caught
7.Adam Darling0Bowled
8.Roger Heaton5Bowled
9.Andy Foster0Bowled
10.Tony Fletcher1Not Out
11.Steve Jacobs1LBW
1.Steve Jacobs71300--4.29
2.Roger Heaton6130310.0012.005.00
3.David Padmore40340--8.50
4.Karan Ghuwalewala712446.0010.503.43
5.Andy Foster7029129.0042.004.14
6.Adam Darling4015115.0024.003.75
Darren Gavigan2catches
Karan Ghuwalewala2catches
Tony Fletcher1catch
Andy Foster1catch
Roger Heaton1drop
Ben Shaw1drop

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Steve-O left the following remarks on 20th June 2011

The results are back from the lab and it's 64

YM left the following remarks on 20th June 2011

SteveO. You are the forensic expert I have send the book to by email. So stop banging on and get your head down and magnifying glass out and report back. I can only go by whats written down!

Steve-O left the following remarks on 20th June 2011

Oh and whilst I'm at it... i bowled 7 overs on the bounce and didn't take a wicket... perhaps these are made up stats? If so apologies and I will patiently await the final version

Steve-O left the following remarks on 20th June 2011

OK can't stop myself... i scored a run as Tony can testify as he commented on me "stealing the strike" at the end of the previous over prior to my dismissal to that unplayable fast inswinging yorker (AKA the tossed up half tracker I missed)... can i have my run back please? Ta

Mr stats left the following remarks on 20th June 2011

I am delighted to report, after crunching the DB, that Badmo did not steer us to our biggest ever hammering, only in fact our joint second biggest one. I have updated the Worst hammerings ( see here ).

For the avoidance of doubt our worst ever in a 35 over game was 59 all out under Captain Ben v the Balham Roamers in 2006. That said though the score book from todays game vs the LNs has been sent away for forensic analysis as although I have put 64 as the total it only actually adds up to 63. I shall report back from our experts findings

Tricky aka Smuggler left the following remarks on 20th June 2011

records are meant to be broken, aren't they?? Cheer up lads law of averages will finally start to work

Yesterdays Man left the following remarks on 19th June 2011

I told Badmo that our worst ever score was 60 something all out, and was vs the LNs. but I could not exactly remember. Looking at the website it appears our Worst Hammering in a 35/40 over game was, wait for it, v LNCC in 2002 - Salix CC 64 all out. ie the same as today. Except today was marginally better as in 2002 we got 18 extras, today only 12. To definitively say we equaled our worst ever in a 35 over match I am going to have to do a bit of programming work on the DB. I'll do this and report back. Can't wait eh.. (Ed: see posts above for an update. this post is all wrong, i was bit concussed when i wrote it...)