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Last wicket Thriller at the Palace: vs Blenheim Park CC 16 Sep 2012 (Season: 2012)
Report by: Elvis

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End of Season Lads
Our track record at Blenheim has rarely reflected the quality of the teams that we've sent there and with only one win in 7 fixtures before this match it appears our players are perhaps subconsciously too in awe of their surroundings to perform when the occasion demands. The Young Spillane in particular seems to suffer from this performance anxiety, his batting a limp affair, his fielding more mouse than man.

Opening at the top of the order he at least exceeded last year's 4 with a battling 5 before succumbing to a sticky wicket and first slip.His partner in crime, Daveski, fared not much better, a shaky innings of lofted shots was always doomed to an early finish and when ex Capn Ben fell, cleaned-up by a slower ball full toss, Salix were in an uncomfortable yet eerily familiar position. Bad-mo and CGC, however, are made of stern stuff and fought hard to get us back in the game on a pitch where scoring was always likely to be difficult. Bad-mo was eventually caught at mid-on trying to up the run rate and it was left to a hoiky old innings from your correspondent and some fine late order slapping by Rog to get us to 131, a score that felt reasonable given the conditions.

After the usual excellent tea, a Salix team with 9 potential bowlers took the field with a degree of cautious optimism, which initially appeared anything but misplaced as Steve-O soon had one opener LBW and your correspondent had the other caught superbly by a diving CGC at mid-on from a ball that otherwise would have reached the boundary easily. The Blenheim Park 3 and 4 have, however, scored plenty of runs against Salix in the past and although they were scoring below the required run rate, they played themselves into the conditions and one felt that at any moment they would begin to unleash a fury of scoring strokes. Having seen off our opening four bowlers it appeared as though that was exactly what they'd intended as they inevitably found the boundary more regularly; but then one of them skied it to Bad-mo at deep square and the other was run out by a superb throw in from Mr Tumnus Jolly at fine leg, turning the game on its head once again. Rog and Arsey picked up a couple of late wickets and it was left to the former to bowl a tight last over in the fading light to ensure the closest of wins, only guaranteed on the final ball.

Along the way The Young Spillane had inevitably dropped a sitter, on an overcast day presumably blinded more by the magnificence of the Palace than the glare of the Sun this time around.

Thanks to Blenheim Park for being excellent hosts and providing such a delicious tea. I didn't make the make the pub afterwards, but I should imagine there were chips as well.  And finally well done to CGC on his 3 years as Captain finished off with a win.

Eds Note: Yes chips in abundance, indeed, cheesey chips. And roast spuds. Salix unreservedly recommends The Kings Arms, Woodstock for post match sustenance.

Salix CC versus Blenheim Park CC at Blenheim Palace on 16-09-2012(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting first)131for 7off35overs Match Won
Blenheim Park CC130for 8off35overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Dave Henig11Caught
2.Darren Gavigan5Caught
3.Ben Shaw5Bowled
4.David Padmore22Caught
5.Mark Jolly11Bowled
6.Stuart Lumsden28Caught
7.Adam Darling5Bowled
8.Mike Ellis18Not Out
9.Roger Heaton12Not Out
10.Andy Foster0Did Not Bat
11.Steve Jacobs0Did Not Bat
1.Steve Jacobs7020120.0042.002.86
2.David Padmore71180--2.57
3.Mike Ellis7116116.0042.002.29
4.Stuart Lumsden71280--4.00
5.Roger Heaton4023211.5012.005.75
6.Andy Foster20210--10.50
7.Adam Darling10120.503.001.00
Stuart Lumsden1catch
David Padmore1catch
Darren Gavigan1drop
Mark Jolly1drop
David Padmore1drop

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YM left the following remarks on 20th September 2012

We have been to the video umpire and Padders is bang to rights on a drop there. So its been added. I can't be bothered altering the fielding thing so the comments will have to be the official record.

daveski left the following remarks on 20th September 2012

Actually our fielding (with the exception of dropping one incredibly easy catch) deserved credit - no overthrows at all.

Wrong Again left the following remarks on 19th September 2012

So it was Arsey, I do apologise. Maybe the editor will sub it in for you when he adds Padders' drop.

Arsey left the following remarks on 19th September 2012

I think you'll find it was my bullet throw from the boundary, rather than the Tumnus. Lured the batsman into overconfidence through general fielding incompetence up to that point

ym left the following remarks on 18th September 2012

That one's going to have to go upstairs to the Committee. Anyone?

Sneek left the following remarks on 18th September 2012

Actually, thinking it through, he dropped one as well off his own bowling.

YM left the following remarks on 18th September 2012

yes you are right and its been duly altered

Hoiky left the following remarks on 18th September 2012

Padders caught one as well I thought.

YM left the following remarks on 17th September 2012

Synchronicity! Our first and last UK games of the season. The exact same runs! See here