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And now over to Sicily for an accordion favourite: vs John Minshull Invitational XI 26 Aug 2012 (Season: 2012)
Report by: YM

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Bail breaker
As Mr T used to say "Pity da fool" who has to read this drivel. But sadly no one underperformed enough to be forced to write this match report. In fact on the topic of Mr T, if you had brought him along to the game and he was not a cricket initiate he might well have asked that question so beloved of people new to the game.. "Who's winning" This is of course an unanswerable question, but at 58-5 Salix were looking in trouble and 80 odd for 1 in the reply the JMs were looking good. But I get ahead of myself here.

I must admit trepidation before coming to this game. The last time I played on this pitch, maybe 15 years ago, a dog had come and sh*t on a length during the game and we had to guard our kit at all times. But how times change, now there is a café that serves excellent smoked salmon bagels, although these are not free as our Captain might think they are, and the game was punctuated by the sounds of an accordion band and many revelling Bank holidayers. The only dog in sight was an impeccably middle class chocolate retriever who lapped the ground at high speed to applause from both sides.

The wicket still has the biggest slope in the world and it was of a form that invoked much calling for helmets and clarification of the no ball rule, but it was fine and sunny and perfect for a game.

As per usual most of our top order got a start then subsided against some good bowling and the tail were left to do the whacking which saw us in on a reasonable but not great total. The JMs opened very well, but for once we held virtually all of our catches and we had a depth bowling attack.

I'd particularly like to make mention of our occasional players (flatmates generally of team mates) who responded to last minute press ganging and performed tremendously well, great glove work by Chris, and batting and bowling by Tony, Andy and Andrew and of course the JM lads who made this a fun game. And on that point lads, I can report that my much borrowed jock strap has responded well to a boil wash and does not need replacement. See you next year.

Salix CC versus John Minshull Invitational XI at Parliament Hill Fields on 26-08-2012(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting first)174for 9off35overs Match Won
John Minshull Invitational XI145for 9off35overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.David Padmore4Caught
2.Tim Collins5Caught & Bowled
3.Christy Kulasingam5Bowled
4.Andy Spurr18Caught
5.Andrew Grant17Caught
6.Chris Lamont11Caught & Bowled
7.Adam Darling29Bowled
8.Tony Williams35Caught
9.Tony Fletcher22Caught
10.Roger Heaton4Not Out
11.Steve Jacobs0Not Out
1.Steve Jacobs60170--2.83
2.Christy Kulasingam711728.5021.002.43
3.David Padmore7035217.5021.005.00
4.Roger Heaton30290--9.67
5.Tony Williams60260--4.33
6.Andy Spurr501334.3310.002.60
7.Andrew Grant10723.503.007.00
Tim Collins1catch
Adam Darling1catch
Steve Jacobs1catch
Christy Kulasingam1catch
Chris Lamont1catch
David Padmore1catch
David Padmore1drop

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YM left the following remarks on 29th August 2012

Fixed, my bad. as a matter of public record, the match stats and report had been up for all of 10 minutes before this clarification was received. This is true dedication in performance monitoring.

Steve-O left the following remarks on 29th August 2012

Herr Yesterday's Direktor; it pains me to say this but... my innings was a valiant 2 ball 0 not out, I cannot claim those 4 runs however much I would like to. After all I do top the batting averages for the season and it's only fair I give others a chance to catch up.