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7654321 : vs Seven Sports CC 05 Jul 2015 (Season: 2015)
Report by: Nurdler

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Thyme at the Tavern. Puntastic Pub
Seven Sports, Six Wins, Five boundaries off an over, Four Wicket haul, Three catches, Two Drops and One report from a temporarily restored elderly ex-opener.

There you go - the match as a countdown. You want more? Oh well here goes...... Pick-up games can be tricky things. Some opposition tend to 'underestimate' their own abilities and I personally have been on the end of a few severe thrashings as a result. It was with some misgivings therefore that I, along with Fevin (get that man a nickname!) and YM, drew up at the Abbeyfields Rec in the Nurdlermobile. Things started to look up from there. The ground was a lovely little stretch of park and the weather (gloomy and drizzly in the morning) had brightened up to a lovely afternoon. The pitch looked a little green-tinged so Padders inserted the opposition. Yes Cap'n Badmo had finally found someone whose luck at the toss was even worse than his own. Fielding with only 10 men is never easy and when the ten features three sexagenarians plus a pair of crocks (in Ginger and the Smutmeister) you can see that a considerable amount of craft and guile was needed just to get someone who could actually run somewhere near the ball. Fev and Delilah opened the bowling and it became clear that there was a bit of sporting bounce and movement in the pitch so when the Seven Sports openers pushed the score past 60, we were struggling a bit. The first change, CK1 and Badmo, turned things round with four wickets going without any noticeable advance in the score and at 64 for 4 it was looking odds on a quick finish to the game. The carnage, alas, only contrived to bring to the wicket a batsman showing power and timing and a desire to score quickly at any cost. Dancing down the wicket to all bowlers the ball was hit hard and mostly straight, fours and sixes rained down. One particularly straight firm blow cleaned up the umpire (we need a shot of that for the injuries page). All manner of deliveries came alike and as the skipper juggled the bowling to try find the answer, a lot of figures were damaged, Fevin in particular going for five boundaries off an over costing 24 runs. The pendulum had swung back. Finally, Delilah returned and removed the leg stump of our tormentor. The remaining wicket went reasonably cheaply with Padders picking up a four wicket haul and finishing the innings by taking his third catch to leave the target at 185 to win.

After a very nice tea, we started our reply with your correspondent and Mr Grant opening up. Left arm pace from one end (good stuff from a sixteen year-old) and slow, slow spin from the other. The score proceeded to mount slowly but reasonably securely until Andy was dismissed by an astoundingly good catch. A shot off the slow bowler hit in the air but hard and dipping was taken diving at full stretch low and left handed. This brought the Ginger Crock to the wicket and runs continued to be added at just a tad under the required rate with Ginger was dealing largely in boundaries and your correspondent in extras. More slow bowling was introduced and after my departure trying to force the pace, CK1 and GC joined forces in an excellent stand which got us well up with the required rate. Ginger fell 4 short of fifty and when CK and Irwin went in rapid succession and the gent who'd scored the rapid fifty and taken the miracle catch also showed himself to be the fastest bowler on display, we were looking for the skipper and Delilah to take us most of the way to the finish. In fact they batted to such good effect that we eased home with the best part of four overs and five wickets to spare. A word of praise is in order here for Deepak who played the quick stuff with impressive ease and great timing on a wicket with a degree of variable bounce. Victory then - our sixth of the season - but a bit closer than it looked with Padders having taken four consecutive fours off the 30th over.

So well done all - I should mention Granty's first foray into keeping as well -2 catches and a pretty good display on a wicket that wasn't the easiest for any stumper let alone a debutant. Thanks also to the Seven Sports guys who were a great bunch and played in an excellent spirit. I hope we get a rematch next year.

Salix CC versus Seven Sports CC at Abbeyfields Recreation Ground Chertsey on 05-07-2015(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)188for 5off31overs Match Won
Seven Sports CC184all outoff32.3overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Dominic Spillane10Bowled
2.Andrew Grant4Caught
3.Stuart Lumsden46Bowled
4.Christy Kulasingam37Caught
5.Irwin Sarif7Bowled
6.Deepak Winston20Not Out
7.David Padmore36Not Out
8.Fevin Mascarenhas0Did Not Bat
9.Tim Collins0Did Not Bat
10.Tony Fletcher0Did Not Bat
1.Fevin Mascarenhas60460--7.67
2.Deepak Winston7215115.0042.002.14
3.Christy Kulasingam622137.0012.003.50
4.David Padmore6.3040410.009.756.15
5.Stuart Lumsden7034217.0021.004.86
David Padmore3catches
Andrew Grant2catches
Tim Collins1drop
Irwin Sarif1drop

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Padders left the following remarks on 9th July 2015

A most excellent report, Dom! I don't think I've ever seen a ball hit harder than the one that cleaned up the umpire. Saved me four runs though.