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Cheesy Chips: vs Blenheim Park CC 13 Sep 2015 (Season: 2015)
Report by: Teenwolf

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Cheesy chips
This week's match was the one in everyone's calendar from the start of the season; in fact I'd missed this match four years in a row so was keen to be selected. The lucky 11 along with various wives / families / dogs made their way up to Blenheim, and after negotiating with car park attendants and interrupting Nelson's third glass of wine, we made our way to the back lawns to the pitch beautifully framed by the palace.

Rumours about a new and improved pitch were true so CK put in place his masterplan by winning the toss and electing to bat. Myself and Arsey opened up, and were initially going well at 7 an over. Arsey eventually played around a straight one (which did bounce slightly low, but not enough for a credible excuse). After ensuring there were cameramen positioned before his first ball in case he fell for a golden, Nelson entered the fray. He did manage to stick around long enough to get a decent facebook post, but didn't really trouble the scorers, swishing at an inswinging yorker as if he had been in all afternoon.

CK and Teenwolf pushed the score up into the 90's before drinks with regular boundaries. Blenheim might have been perturbed by Salix's apparent dominance, but little did they know how soon the tail started. Buoyed by the introduction of the slower bowlers, and a wager on hitting the Palace, I mowed across the line leaving Arsey little choice but to raise the finger [note - score before this ball was 93 for 2 off 15].

The less said about the tail the better really, the stats speak for themselves, including 5 wickets falling without the score changing. The last wicket fell by Tuffers feathering a catch behind and a meager 103 was posted after limping to 25 overs.

Captain CK stuck with his plan in mixing the slows with the quicks from the start, and it seemed to work initially. However, it became apparent that they had reversed the batting order, and Salix were caught in two minds whether to go for wickets or to reduce the run rate. The latter ended up being the case, some tight bowling reduced them to one or two per over.

The three drops were more 'missed chances' than drops - Puff Daddy and Francis were at the receiving end of half-trackers being dispatched through square leg with hardly enough time to raise their hands, and Elvis had a fast edge hit his ankle in the slips.

Salix did well to force Blenheim to play out 30 overs, especially when the better batsmen came in towards the end. This was aided by seriously good keeping by Nelson who bravely stood up the whole innings and took some incredible stumpings that could have given a TV umpire something to think about.

The pick of Blenheim's batsmen was one of CK's old university buddies who thought he recognised CK, but assumed it must have been his uncle. In years to come, when someone trawls through old match reports, this is the etymology of the 'Uncle CK' nickname.

All 22 players retired to the pub in town for beer and cheesy chips. All in all a great fixture against a very friendly bunch, but one of missed opportunities - it's in my calendar for next year!

Salix CC versus Blenheim Park CC at Blenheim Palace on 13-09-2015(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)103all outoff27overs Match Lost
Blenheim Park CC105for 4off29.2overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Andy Spurr41LBW
2.Adam Darling7Bowled
3.Sivaarun Thangarajah12Bowled
4.Christy Kulasingam13Bowled
5.Deepak Winston4Bowled
6.Mike Ellis1Bowled
7.Francis Palmer0Bowled
8.Fevin Mascarenhas0Run Out
9.Tim Collins0Bowled
10.Roger Heaton2Not Out
11.Dillan Unadkat1Caught
1.Mike Ellis3130--1.00
2.Deepak Winston711527.5021.002.14
3.Dillan Unadkat4021121.0024.005.25
4.Andy Spurr62230--3.83
5.Christy Kulasingam6123123.0036.003.83
6.Fevin Mascarenhas20100--5.00
7.Roger Heaton1.2050--3.75
Mike Ellis1catch
Christy Kulasingam1catch
Mike Ellis1drop
Fevin Mascarenhas1drop
Francis Palmer1drop

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