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Stawberries cushion the blow of defeat ever so slightly: vs Demijohns 26 Jun 2011 (Season: 2011)
Report by: Nurdler

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The match...
When we last visited St. John's, Oxford for a game of cricket it was hot, hot, hot, we were soundly beaten and England were thrashed at football. Good news! The England team wasn't playing this time. Otherwise events had a depressing familiarity.

With the temperature creeping above 30ºC we lost the toss and were inserted. The skipper opted for new opening pair with disastrous results as Badmo went to the first ball of the innings, Nigel crocked himself and had to retire hurt and Abdullah and ex- Cap'n Ben contrived a comedy run out. All this with only 2 runs on the board. The ship was steadied with a couple of 50 partnerships involving Abdullah, Cap'n Ginger and Chris. Your correspondent came in at number 7 with an ensuing hiatus in the scoring and we took tea* at 150 for 7. Afterwards, spectacular hitting from Karan took us to a declaration at 198.

A quick change round and we took the field with the DJs openers off to a steady start despite good bowling from the skipper and Badmo. The introduction of spin brought an increase in boundaries, dropped catches and, eventually, wickets (two, both to Karan). It also brought in the DJs number 3 who proceeded to smash the ball to all parts and win the match with time to spare. There you are, soundly beaten again. Congratulations to the DJ boys, worthy winners. Perhaps we should bowl first next year - we might hang on for a draw.

The Nurdler

* Tea - this was excellent. I didn't like to interrupt the narrative flow with a panegyric on the food but it would be remiss of me not to mention the scones with jam and cream and fresh strawberries and melon. It helped cushion the blow of defeat ever so slightly.

Salix CC versus Demijohns at St Johns Oxford on 26-06-2011(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting first)199for 7off38overs decMatch Lost
Demijohns199for 2off30overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.David Padmore0Caught
2.Nigel Geffen1Retired Hurt
3.Abdullah Pandit35Caught
4.Ben Shaw1Run Out
5.Stuart Lumsden57Caught
6.Chris Milton18Caught
7.Dominic Spillane16Caught
8.Mark Jolly5Caught
9.Karan Ghuwalewala48Not Out
10.Tim Collins0Not Out
1.David Padmore51190--3.80
2.Stuart Lumsden70510--7.29
3.Karan Ghuwalewala8053226.5024.006.62
4.Abdullah Pandit50290--5.80
5.Mark Jolly40330--8.25
6.Chris Milton1080--8.00
Karan Ghuwalewala2drops
Abdullah Pandit1drop

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YM left the following remarks on 28th June 2011

Definitively, the first time the word panegyric has been used in a match report.