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Cricket the Cruel Mistress: vs White Swan CC (Southall) 19 Jul 2015 (Season: 2015)
Report by: Tuffers

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Another century for Nelson
After the extreme highs of winning the last ball thrilla' last week, this week cricket showed its ability to kick you in the balls hard, really really hard.

Let's start at the beginning with Salix winning the toss and electing to bat. We were, for the first time, fielding a team including four centurions in the side; and we started off solidly with last week's hero CK1 opening the batting with Dozy; and they put on 30 run partnership before CK1 was caught out. This brought Nelson to the wicket, and he immediately hit the ground running and finding the gaps and getting the scorecard ticking. Nelson played a lovely cover drive which rocketed to the boundary as well as a lovely flick off his legs which also found the rope in no time. Dozy was bowled by the offspinner and ended a good 49 run partnership. This brought Teenwolf to the wicket, and he played a lovely cover drive off the said offspinner. It was not to last however. The skipper then joined Nelson and was immediately looking to get on top of the spinners and found the boundary on a regular basis. GC nicked behind and Delilah was bowled in relatively quick succession; while all this was going on Nelson was playing a different game to everyone else and was scoring his second half century of the season off just 41 balls. He continued to pepper the boundary off all bowlers and as the innings was heading into the death overs he really clicked into another gear. 26 balls after bringing up his half century, Nelson smoked the ball straight down the ground for a massive six. The next ball went for another six followed by another flick off the legs for 4 more. A single later meant the over was smoked for 21 and that Salix were well over the 200 mark. Nelson continued to bat beautifully and finished on 123*; his second Salix ton, and third highest off all time with Nelson owning second highest too. Salix finished on 239 which looked more than competitive.

Any thoughts of the game being already won where dismissed after a couple of overs when the Swan's openers batted with aggression and purpose and found the scoreboard ticking along. They were on 40 for 0 after just 8 others. There was a drop from myself and Nelson which compounded the pain the openers were inflicting on Granty and Delilah. Padders and GC came on and slowed the scoring rate with GC taking two quick wickets both clean bowled. However the other opener remained in brilliant form and any bad deliveries were dispatched to the boundary. On a hot a humid day it was a difficult to slow the scoring; Padders rotated the bowlers in order to find a breakthrough, and it came with Teenwolf bowling a full toss which was smacked to a very grateful Granty. However the dominant opener remained, and continued to score freely; but at the other end runs were not coming so easy. Myself and CK1 were brought on to find further breakthroughs and CK1 was able to deliver the big wicket. Coming around the wicket a pitched up delivery was hit to Long-on where Padders on his knees to an excellent catch. This wicket made it 50-50 game; and then at the another wicket for Teenwolf (another brilliant catch by the skipper) was followed by a run-out in the same over, where both batsman ended up at the same end. Every wicket brought a Swans batsman swinging from the hip and runs continued to flow. Another wicket for the skipper meant that were into the last two overs with Swans needing 11 to win off 12 deliveries with 4 wickets remaining. Delilah bowled a good over but a lovely cover drive found the boundary. Teenwolf had the impossible task of defending four off the last over and unfortunately after 3 deliveries the game was lost. A brilliant game of cricket with the Swans ecstatic and Salix in agony. It was a tremendous chase by the White Swans and a fantastic match winning hundred by their opener.

A game of small margins, a few crucial drops costing us the game. We drowned our sorrows, but were able to reflect on another incredible game and also a very very special knock by Nelson. We get to play the White Swans again in late September at Harlington, looking forward to having another cracker jack with hopefully Salix coming out on the right side.

Salix CC versus White Swan CC (Southall) at Sudbury Hill Playing Fields on 19-07-2015(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting first)236for 6off35overs Match Lost
White Swan CC (Southall)240for 7off34.3overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Christy Kulasingam17Caught
2.Chris Lamont16Bowled
3.Sivaarun Thangarajah123Not Out
4.Andy Spurr6LBW
5.David Padmore27LBW
6.Stuart Lumsden2Caught
7.Deepak Winston12Bowled
8.Andrew Grant6Not Out
9.Dillan Unadkat0Did Not Bat
10.Dominic Spillane0Did Not Bat
11.Sukhdeep Jagait0Did Not Bat
1.Andrew Grant30250--8.33
2.Deepak Winston50340--6.80
3.David Padmore7033216.5021.004.71
4.Stuart Lumsden7033216.5021.004.71
5.Andy Spurr3.3030215.0010.508.57
6.Dillan Unadkat50340--6.80
7.Christy Kulasingam4041141.0024.0010.25
David Padmore2catches
Andrew Grant1catch
Andrew Grant1drop
Andy Spurr1drop
Sivaarun Thangarajah1drop
Dillan Unadkat1drop
Deepak Winston1drop

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Badmo left the following remarks on 20th July 2015

I will remember the game for Siv's outstanding knock and his pretty awesome cow corner boundary riding! I will try not to remember it for our catching, our leg stump full tosses, our generous lbw decisions and my increasingly decrepit fielding. The slips beckon...