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Back to normal after last weeks festivities: vs Gubbays CC 16 Aug 2015 (Season: 2015)
Report by: Elvis

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Salix's favourite number is 59, joked about on the sidelines and uttered in whispers between the standing umpire and the non-striking batsmen; it is a sign of an upper order collapse. On the one hand is signifies a degree of pessimism in our ability to recover, on the other a degree of realism that we're not going to win the match and there's something innately positive about setting ourselves a new target, one whose accomplishment is always met with relief: nobody wants to be on the team that breaks the record low score. And so it was on Sunday as we sputtered to 34 for 5, Salix batting failing to cope with a sticky wicket and a Gubbay's bowling attack that knew how to bowl on it. More importantly they knew how to keep pressure on the batting team in a way that Salix had failed to maintain during our own stint in the field.

We'd fielded well, holding most of our catches, particularly Rog who made it round from cow corner to deep mid wicket to take a catch almost at his ankles; but our bowling, the outstanding exception of Bad-mo aside, was far too profligate and over-pitched. Too many full tosses were dispatched at ease to the boundary on a wicket that wanted to help the bowler. A number of the wickets we did take came from long hops that didn't come onto the batsmen as they expected and should have given us more food for thought on how to play when our turn came.

Our time in the field wasn't a complete disaster: we'd recovered well after Gubbay's made a strong start, but their final total of 196 was probably 30 more than they should have made after we'd done a good job of extracting their middle order and perhaps a slightly lower target might have eased some of the pressure. That feels doubtful though. Gubbay's bowled a good line and length, which was all that was needed to make batting difficult in the conditions and only The Young Spillane offered any real resistance, adding 35 to the 50 he made against the same opposition last year.

Thanks to Gubbay's who are an incredibly nice bunch of guys and who made the best tea that we've had all season: large servings of vegetable biryani certainly made the trip worthwhile, although in hindsight, having seen our team's waistlines that was probably as good a tactic against our batting as their splendid bowling.

Salix CC versus Gubbays CC at Eastcote on 16-08-2015(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)115for 9off28overs Match Lost
Gubbays CC196for 7off35overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Chris Lamont5Caught
2.Christy Kulasingam9Caught
3.Sivaarun Thangarajah5Caught
4.Darren Gavigan35Bowled
5.David Padmore6Caught
6.Andrew Grant2Bowled
7.Roger Heaton8Caught
8.Mike Ellis17Bowled
9.Sukhdeep Jagait6Caught
10.Tim Collins2Not Out
1.Roger Heaton70470--6.71
2.Andrew Grant5030130.0030.006.00
3.Sukhdeep Jagait6037137.0036.006.17
4.Mike Ellis7045222.5021.006.43
5.David Padmore721226.0021.001.71
6.Christy Kulasingam3016116.0018.005.33
Christy Kulasingam2catches
Tim Collins1catch
Mike Ellis1catch
Roger Heaton1catch
Sukhdeep Jagait1catch
Sivaarun Thangarajah1catch
Andrew Grant1drop
Roger Heaton1drop
David Padmore1drop

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Hadmal left the following remarks on 18th August 2015

Great photo of Mike by the way. Who took that? If ever a batsman's career was captured in one shot...

Nelson left the following remarks on 18th August 2015

Rog catch was easily the best Salix catch i've ever seen...

Hadmal left the following remarks on 17th August 2015

For Salix trivia lovers, and adding to previous mis-namings, Tadmore and Badmo, I became Hadmal in this match.

Rog left the following remarks on 17th August 2015

Much though I'd love to leave those 2 wickets in my analysis to lend it some semblance of respectability, I got a doughnut in the final column... [Ed: Fixed, thanks for being honest]