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Duck city: vs Gubbays CC 27 Jul 2014 (Season: 2014)
Report by: Tuffers

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Duck city
After the original opposition pulled out, Padders found us a game against Gubbays CC a new opposition for Salix at a hot and sunny Harlington.

Gubbays won the toss and elected to bat, with Deliah and Roger opening the bowling. We couldn't quite get the line right in the opening overs and Gubbays opening pair made a solid start. Good Tony came on as first change and bowled a good spell which slowed the run rate and this led to the first wicket to fall. The second wicket had a massive element of luck to it, my first ball of the day was a rank full toss which the batsman swept, and connected really well, unfortunately straight to the hands of Ex-CGC who was standing at Deep Square Leg. A great catch, but a rank ball, and unfortunately the only highlight of my spell which was crap if I'm honest.

The Harlington wicket had a fair covering of grass and unusually had some inconsistent bounce. Throughout the day many a ball off a good length were bouncing through above shoulder height, which made batting challenging. Ex-CGC utilised the conditions the best and bowled a really challenging spell which deserved more the 1 wicket which he got.

Their remaining opener (Neal) continued to bat beautifully, and scored a great hundred. CK replaced me and bowled a little too full and got a little bit of tap. Padders then brought himself on and wickets started to tumble, a couple more catches for Ex-CGC and a LBW meant that Salix got back in the game slightly. As well as the three wickets Padders also showed that he is ready for the football season, with the ball being driven back to him, Padders stuck his boot out in his follow through, and back heeled it on the stumps to find the non-striker out of his crease. If being out that way wasn't unlucky enough, the batsman had yet to face a ball so was out for a diamond duck!

Unfortunately despite the wickets falling, Gubbay's continued to keep the scoreboard ticking and finished with a very good 231, on what was a challenging wicket. As usual we didn't help ourselves with some sloppy and careless ground fielding, but at least there was only one drop.

The challenging wicket can't be used as an excuse for why we were 1 down in the first over, some dodgy running which both guys have taken the blame for meant that Siv was run out for 0. His third duck of the season, joining yours truly with the unwanted record of having the most ducks in the season so far. Next over Padders played a lovely cover drive, just unfortunately straight at cover, and once again we were two down with not much on the board (only extras excused us from being 0-2). Arsey became the third batsman to go to the middle and come back with a duck to his name, and spent the majority of the afternoon bowling into an empty net.

So once again CK found himself in the middle wondering what was going on and playing a different game to the rest of the boys, finding the boundary with regular consistency. Ex-CGC however gave him support, and after coming through challenging spell started finding the middle of the bat and scored a grinding 15 before getting bowled.

Dazzler came to the wicket, and him and CK put on an excellent partnership. CK scored a deserved 50, another excellent contribution in a fantastic season. CK unfortunately fell for 60, with a ball jumping off a good length catching his leading edge giving an easy catch.

This didn't deter Dazzler and he continued on his merry way defending the good balls, and smacking the bad balls to the boundary.

With 30-odd overs gone, needing more than 10 an over the game was realistically gone, so the focus moved on to whether Dazzler could reach his maiden 50. Given support firstly from Good Tony and then Deepak who also beat his Salix PB today, Dazzler passed his previous best in the 39th over and then found himself off-strike still 4 away from his 50. Siv, via the medium of shouting across the boundary told Deepak to get off strike and duely did. Dazzler then did his bit by smashing the next ball for four – a really well deserved 50.

At the end of the game Salix finished on 197, not bad considering the start and only 34 behind Gubbays. Doing my best impression of a footy manager - some definite positives from the defeat, mainly the bowling and catching of Ex-CGC and the excellent batting performances of CK, Dazzler and Delilah with two PBs for the latter.

As for the Oppo, a really friendly bunch who batted and bowled well and deserved their win. Hopefully there will be a next time for Salix to extract our revenge.

Salix CC versus Gubbays CC at Harlington on 27-07-2014(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)197for 6off40overs Match Lost
Gubbays CC231for 9off40overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Sivaarun Thangarajah0Run Out
2.David Padmore0Caught
3.Christy Kulasingam60Caught
4.Adam Darling0LBW
5.Stuart Lumsden15Bowled
6.Darren Gavigan54Not Out
7.Tony Williams5Caught
8.Deepak Winston24Not Out
9.Tim Collins0Did Not Bat
10.Roger Heaton0Did Not Bat
11.Dillan Unadkat0Did Not Bat
1.Deepak Winston80430--5.38
2.Roger Heaton8147147.0048.005.88
3.Tony Williams4114114.0024.003.50
4.Dillan Unadkat4030130.0024.007.50
5.Stuart Lumsden8029129.0048.003.62
6.Christy Kulasingam30290--9.67
7.David Padmore5032310.6710.006.40
Stuart Lumsden3catches
Darren Gavigan1catch
Dillan Unadkat1catch
Sivaarun Thangarajah1drop

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Tuffers left the following remarks on 29th July 2014

It was too good a knock to focus on the drops, plus i forgot to mention that you were brilliant behind the stumps - what did Siv call it - "the best performance he's ever seen from you!"

TYS left the following remarks on 28th July 2014

Thanks for not mentioning that I was dropped 3 times Tuffers...