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A loss: vs Islip 24 May 2014 (Season: 2014)
Report by: Tuffers

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So after an early morning pitch inspection confirming the pitch 'soft but playable' the Salix gang made their way up the M40 to Islip. Padders lost the toss and we found ourselves fielding, CK1 had ball in hand and took a wicket with the first ball of the game, a quick yorker beating the batsman all ends up. Our good start continued with Delilah and CK taking wickets at very regular intervals and soon Islip were 4 down with not very many on the board.

Azfar replaced CK, and kept up the good work, however your disappointed reporter struggled bowling up the hill gave Islip some relief and the scorecard some respectability. Elvis came on at my end and showed me how it should be done, bowling a tight economical spell and getting a wicket early in his spell. Smuttmister taking a very good catch off a mistimed slog sweep which went straight up in the air, Smutty removed his hat, lit up a cigar and took the catch with nonchalance.

Rob Hastings (nickname still to be decided, but I'm vetoing Battle before it even gets suggested) on debut ran in hard but wasn't quite his day and I'm sure he'll have better days ahead. Delilah and Azfar returned at the death and kept the score down, but Islip had accumulated 121, which was a very respectable score.

So after tea, Daveski and Siv opened the batting, and in the second over Salix were 0-1 after Siv cut straight to point. Smuttmeister joined Daveski and under some excellent bowling from the Islip openers, we were unable to get the scoreboard ticking over and soon Smutty was bowled with a good delivery.

CK joined Daveski, and put on a recovery and got the game back into a 50/50 scenario. The partnership lasted until the 25th over and it meant that with 10 overs to we needed 50 or so runs. It was a difficult pitch to score off as there was no pace in wicket, and the length of grass meant that it was difficult to score boundaries (same conditions for both teams so not a complaint), although there were some lovely lofted drives they mainly plugged in the outfield meaning a lot of running was needed. As we tried to push the scoring, wickets started falling and we were soon in the midst of a typical Salix collapse, and the game was lost.

And so the bar, reflecting on another close game played in the right spirit in beautiful sunshine and wondering what could have been after a brilliant start. Anyway we'll look forward to going back next year and to try our luck again.

Salix CC versus Islip at Islip on 24-05-2014(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)84all outoff30overs Match Lost
Islip121all outoff30overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Dave Henig33Bowled
2.Sivaarun Thangarajah0Caught
3.Tim Collins1Bowled
4.Christy Kulasingam35Caught
5.Chris Lamont1Bowled
6.David Padmore1LBW
7.Mike Ellis2Caught
8.Dillan Unadkat0Bowled
9.Rob Hastings0Caught
10.Deepak Winston3LBW
11.Azfar Aslam1Not Out
1.Christy Kulasingam31531.676.001.67
2.Deepak Winston63924.5018.001.50
3.Azfar Aslam601434.6712.002.33
4.Dillan Unadkat5032132.0030.006.40
5.Mike Ellis6016116.0036.002.67
6.Rob Hastings40360--9.00
Tim Collins1catch
Dave Henig1catch
Chris Lamont1catch
David Padmore1drop

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