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Tour business as usual: vs Romanian Bears 28 May 2017 (Season: 2017)
Report by: Elvis

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The lads prepare
This is an extract from the tour page, which can be found here

Put into the field after the Romanian Bears, a combined team from the Romanian league, we struggled initially to find our rhythm and it was clear early on that the Bears had some talented batsmen. I managed to eek out both openers, one courtesy of a nifty bit of stumping by Dozy, the other LBW, but all that did was bring in their number 3 who hit one of Bad-Mo's first balls for six with such insouciant ease that you it looked as though he'd only tapped a single.

Bad-Mo did recover, cleaning bowling a couple and Tuffers took a remarkably sharp caught and bowled with such relaxed grace that it earned him the champagne moment of the tour (payable with an Ouzo rather than anything fizzy) so at one point we had the opposition at 125 for 5 and that fickle mistress of optimism showed a little thigh, before it was thoroughly stamped out by the Bears' no. 6 who hit a succession of sixes that not only cleared the boundary rope, but the top of the surrounding bank around the field.

At the end of a torrid innings we were left facing a total of 290 off 35 overs, which even without hangovers, lack of sleep and a suspicion of failing fitness, would be a tall order and certainly one of our highest scores in the club's history. The score books tells the tale itself. Only Daveski looked particularly comfortable and even he succumbed in the end playing an uncharacteristically rash shot. When extras are the highest scorer you know you haven't distinguished yourself and the only solace for the skipper was surpassing the evil of 59; at 20 for 5 it was looking a distinct possibility.

Having beaten us soundly the Romanian Bears kindly agreed to mix up the teams for the T20, which made more of a contest of it. The particularly highlight of the match was each side taking on one of the younger academy players and it was a pleasure to see how much they enjoyed the game, how much skill they displayed and how much you could tell the opposition team had invested in them and wanted them to succeed. Both of the lads played very well and one would have taken an excellent catch at mid-wicket if a couple of our umpires had interpreted the waist-high no ball rule a little less aggressively. You know who you are. Destroyers of dreams.

Salix CC versus Romanian Bears at Romanian Oval, Bucharest on 28-05-2017(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)80all outoff29overs Match Lost
Romanian Bears289for 7off35overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Chris Lamont0Caught
2.Andy Foster0Bowled
3.Dave Henig21Bowled
4.Prash Sharma1Caught
5.Christy Kulasingam3Bowled
6.David Padmore15Bowled
7.Mike Ellis0Bowled
8.Fevin Mascarenhas1Bowled
9.Oliver Ferrari3Stumped
10.Tim Collins3Bowled
11.Dillan Unadkat0Not Out
1.Fevin Mascarenhas5043143.0030.008.60
2.Dave Henig50470--9.40
3.Mike Ellis7037218.5021.005.29
4.Prash Sharma20210--10.50
5.David Padmore7150225.0021.007.14
6.Dillan Unadkat6053153.0036.008.83
7.Andy Foster3036136.0018.0012.00
Christy Kulasingam1catch
Fevin Mascarenhas1catch
Dillan Unadkat1catch
Oliver Ferrari2drops

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