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A narrow victory under lowering skies: vs Rotten Livers 11 May 2014 (Season: 2014)
Report by: YM

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The Lads
And so we assembled under lowering skies for the first game of 2014. Truth to tell, it was lucky this game went ahead, the forecast had been dire, but the rain held off and we were faced with a veritable sticky wicket, spotty rain and a howling gale ie a British Summer. But first we had to get past the autograph hunters and the gate security as the QPR First team were training for the upcoming Premiership playoffs.

But unlike what Matthew 16.3 says "And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?" it was the exact opposite of the weather, a great game played in an excellent spirit and one that went to pretty much the last ball.

With three debutantes the Salix team was leaner, fitter and a lot younger than normal (me excluded) and we set off in tremendous fashion, with Siv hitting a quickfire 50. He claims that Flossie, the man who gave his kit to a charity shop, is his boss, but we don't believe this and we shall be casting around Dr Dustman and Podge for facts that support this and also leverage for Siv to use. It was a bit down hill after this, but a par score was posted by tea.

We don't normally mention the oppo, but two of their bowlers definitely deserve mention: Atik, 5 overs, 5 wickets for 14 and Kahn 3-8-3 did the crucial damage to the tail. Excellent stuff.

We started well enough with a couple of quick wickets, but they buckled down and by 25 overs or so it was looking decidedly dodgy for us. But the Teen Wolf was brought back and got the breakthrough with a fantastic slow ball to post excellent figures. Both Elvis drops were very hard and I nearly feel bad about awarding them (but hey, he put my old car into a ditch, so what the heck) .

For me the excellent sportsmanship of the day really stood out. There were several LBW decisions and everyone took them on the chin (not literally) and it was a very exciting finish. Big thanks too, to Bilal who travelled many an hour to get to the game and Al-Amin who both fit right in.

And so, our trouncing in Spain is expunged and normal service resumed.

Salix CC versus Rotten Livers at Harlington on 11-05-2014(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting first)156all outoff35overs Match Won
Rotten Livers148for 9off31overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.David Padmore34Caught
2.Sivaarun Thangarajah53Bowled
3.Christy Kulasingam21LBW
4.Andy Spurr1Caught
5.Bilal Aslam8Caught
6.Deepak Winston16Caught & Bowled
7.Al-Amin Chowdhury0Caught
8.Sukhdeep Jagait3Caught
9.Tim Collins4Caught
10.Tony Fletcher0Caught
11.Mike Ellis0Not Out
1.Andy Spurr611243.009.002.00
2.Christy Kulasingam30130--4.33
3.Bilal Aslam5029129.0030.005.80
4.Mike Ellis7028214.0021.004.00
5.Al-Amin Chowdhury50260--5.20
6.Sukhdeep Jagait20150--7.50
7.Deepak Winston3012112.0018.004.00
Bilal Aslam1catch
David Padmore1catch
Mike Ellis2drops

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YM left the following remarks on 13th May 2014

Fixed the wickets. Fairplay points for being honest about this. Me and the Teenwolf couldn't get the book to add up at the time, and it hurts me to say this, but I miss Pretty Boy and his multi-coloured pens and books-that-balance

Ex Capn Elvis left the following remarks on 13th May 2014

Much though I hate to admit it, I only took two wickets; the third was a run-out after a piece of excellent fielding from Teen Wolf, who was generally excellent in the field. He must have saved us at least 12 runs on Sunday, which was the difference between winning and losing. I'd moan about the catches, but... it would just be a moan.

Steve-O left the following remarks on 12th May 2014

Worth noting that the Skipper passed 2,000 runs for the club during his innings...