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Win time: vs Blenheim Park CC 04 Sep 2016 (Season: 2016)
Report by: Nelson

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Editors Note: Coming from the land of Crocodile Dundee, Ned Kelly and Ricky Ponting we never really thought to ask Siv for a match report. But then again it was pointed out that Australia also gave us Germaine Greer, Clive James, Richard Neville, Barry Humphries and of course Gideon Haigh. So we thought, what's to lose. We fired up the cloud-based spell checker and put the Cray supercomputer onto grammar checking and here it is:

On an overcast Sunday morning, Layla (Salix mascot circa 2014 to 2016) and her crew, consisting of Nelson (and better third), Tuffers (and better whole), and Puffy (and Emirati princess), made the scenic drive to Blenheim Palace for the annual pilgrimage to engage in friendly battle against Blenheim Park CC.

After recent under par batting performances over the years of 78, 78 and 103, the Salix gentlemen were determined (if not threatened by the Captain via email) to give Blenheim Park CC a competitive game with the promise of post-match merriment and cheesy chip indulgence at the opposition’s local pub.

Channelling his best Tony Greig, the pitch report was sent via mobile group communication by Padders. The report consisted of such inside information that any Indian subcontinent bookie would have been proud of. Rumours abounded that the a helicopter had exposed the pitch to heavy rains by blowing away the covers; the ex-skipper predicted a slow and low bouncing pitch. Tony Greig would be proud—the astute predictions rang true. Perhaps Padders should be searching for a career on the national level in the months to come.

But, first, let us recount the match.

The crucial toss was had and as usual (almost by magic), our beloved leader won the toss and made the smart decision to bowl first. Puffy was granted the brand new cherry to open proceedings and his first over mirrored the days of Glenn McGrath—he produced a wicket maiden. The highlight being a beautiful off-cutter on the second ball of the game which bowled their Captain who was very unlucky to get a pearler of a delivery at the start of his innings.

On the other end, Padders bowled a great display of both variation and control. As observed by Dozy, our number one keeper, there was an impressive variation of six slow balls that eventually led to a wicket(bowled).

Tuffers, fielding at square leg dived with the gracefulness of a Walrus to gather a speeding ball and delivered a slightly high throw to the bowlers end and delivered a run out. Padders, drawing upon his great athleticism, managed to pluck the ball from the skies and took one of the bails off. With BPCC at 3 for 39, Salix had hopes of keeping the oppo to a score of below 150—a score we felt obtainable based on previous batting performances and as per the grace of the slow pitch.

In the meantime, Padders was mixing up his slow balls and proceeded to get his second bowled for the innings . At 5 for 59, Brush delivered yet another motivational speech and reminded us to dig deeper, maintain intensity, press for more wickets, and like any Asian sub-continental father, to apply ourselves with all the energy we could muster.

Brush then proceeded to bowl and delivered an over reminiscent to that of Steve Harmison’s 1st over in 2006-2007 Ashes series that had first slip worried for his fingers safety. The tactfulness of Brush to make the batsman reach for the ball resulted in two wickets caught at first slip and gully in the first over. At the end of the over, Blenheim were at 7 for 68 and Salix were successfully limiting the score to the best of our ability.

Tuffers then came on to bowl and delivered 4 overs of master spin bowling with 2 maidens and a wix on a non turning pitch. Richie Benaud would have been proud. At the end of the 35th over, Salix were able to limit the opposition to 126 runs. Despite two drops, I can honestly say that Salix’s bowling and fielding performances was some of the best that I have seen in all my years of playing the game.

Tea was had (lest we forget the satiable salmon sandwiches) before the Salix openers promptly walked out to begin the nervous chase.

I had the pleasure of opening the batting with Daveski. He took the first over and got an unplayable second delivery that would have gotten the best of the recognised Salix batsman. (Eds note, I think you'll find Daveski is in fact one of our recognised batsmen, but hey..) At 1-0 and after losing our swashbuckling / pace setter, we felt history might repeat itself…the chase for 127 began to look rather challenging.

Luckily, out came Dozy, who was having a career year with the bat. The score slowly started ticking over. The aim was to try to bring down the deficit below 100 without losing another wicket. A few boundaries were hit and Dozy was playing some challenging balls with pure class (and a wee bit of luck).

Sadly, Dozy was dismissed and at 2-39, Brush and I put on a partnership of 72 before I was stumped to a great piece of bowling/keeping and the score was at 3-111 with the skipper walking out. Shortly after, Brush was dismissed when the scores were tied and the skipper and Azfar successfully managed to get another run…a win was had at Blenheim!

The game was played with Great Spirit and excellent banter/humour with the opposition. As it could be the last game vs. Blenheim CC for the two Antipodeans, numerous photos were taken with the exuberant Salix 11 against the beautiful backdrop

Finally, as my first and most likely my last Salix match report, I would like to take this opportunity to express what an honour it has been to spend three years at Salix with a genuine wide variety of great blokes who are unique in every single way.

It has been a pleasure to learn the different facets of cricket and English culture. I will genuinely miss every Salix teammate…Even GC.

Drops - Dillan x 1 (Elvis), Elvis x 1 (Azfar)

Salix CC versus Blenheim Park CC at Blenheim Palace on 04-09-2016(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)127for 4off23overs Match Won
Blenheim Park CC126for 8off34overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Dave Henig0Caught
2.Sivaarun Thangarajah71Stumped
3.Chris Lamont7Bowled
4.Prash Sharma30Caught
5.Christy Kulasingam11Not Out
6.Azfar Aslam1Not Out
7.David Padmore0Did Not Bat
8.Tim Collins0Did Not Bat
9.Fevin Mascarenhas0Did Not Bat
10.Mike Ellis0Did Not Bat
11.Dillan Unadkat0Did Not Bat
1.Fevin Mascarenhas7116116.0042.002.29
2.David Padmore7021210.5021.003.00
3.Azfar Aslam73290--4.14
4.Mike Ellis40230--5.75
5.Christy Kulasingam3010110.0018.003.33
6.Prash Sharma20623.006.003.00
7.Dillan Unadkat4216116.0024.004.00
Sivaarun Thangarajah2catches
David Padmore1catch
Mike Ellis1drop
Dillan Unadkat1drop

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