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In which disaster strikes: vs Regals CC 04 Jun 2017 (Season: 2017)
Report by: Nurdler

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Best ever bowling (not today)
My first match report of the 2017 season contained some reflections on the unchanging nature of life, repeating patterns, tropes if you will. This week our theme is once more the cyclic nature of time. I find myself once again faced with reporting on a fresh nadir in the club’s history. For the third time in five tries this season we failed to reach three figures and this time we didn’t even get half way there.

Let’s start at the beginning. Regals batted first and when Padders’ opening delivery was despatched to the boundary, it looked a trifle ominous. Balls were beating the bat or being hit for four. Dave took a wicket but soon after turned his ankle and had to come off for running repairs. With the score mounting rapidly CK turned to Daveski who responded with a wicket-taking spell and with half the side out for under 150 we had hopes of chasing something under 200. Alas this was not to be and a combination of dropped catches and big hitting enabled their lower order to take the score past 250. A total much lower than we might have feared when the openers were going at close to ten an over.

Passing swiftly over tea we arrive at the bit I was somehow hoping to avoid, our innings. It started tolerably well with Daveski and Dozy reaching 18 in reasonable comfort. At this point, Dozy was yorked and things started to go downhill. The bowling tightened up, Daveski, Padders and Rob all got out trying to push the scoring rate up, Stu was bowled by a peach of a ball from their first change (only 16 but with a lovely action and the ability to move it away late) and when CK was caught at mid on, we were 30 for 6 and sinking fast. Previously in these situations our tail has held firm and guided the score to the giddy heights of 60 and beyond. Not today, with the notable exception of YM we swung hard and unerringly picked out the field. 40 all out.

Heigh-Ho – yet another pick game reminds us that weak means different things to different teams but the Regals were a great bunch of guys we’d have been happy to meet in a situation other than being mercilessly pummelled on the cricket pitch. Not one of our finest performances but with 1 drop and a golden to my name, I’m not going to start criticising anyone else. As someone said, on the bright side, we’re going to have to worry much less in future about that lowest ever score.

The Nurdler

Drops: Padders 2 off Lumsden, both desparate dives to really hard ones in the slip, consecutive balls. CK off Ben, Daveski off Bala, Spillane off CK (leapt like a tin of salmon), Rob off Daveski. YM off Irwin (if you call sprawled full length behind the keeper and a foot away a drop, which I clearly don't)

Salix CC versus Regals CC at Harlington on 04-06-2017(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)40all outoff21overs Match Lost
Regals CC257for 7off35overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Dave Henig11Caught
2.Chris Lamont7Bowled
3.Rob Dean5Bowled
4.David Padmore3Bowled
5.Christy Kulasingam2Caught
6.Stuart Lumsden0Bowled
7.Ben Sarif0Bowled
8.Balakalyan Kakumanu2Caught
9.Tony Fletcher4Not Out
10.Irwin Sarif0Caught
11.Dominic Spillane0Caught
Extras6
Total40
No.PlayerOversMaidensRunsWicketsAveSREcon
1.David Padmore4029129.0024.007.25
2.Stuart Lumsden7029129.0042.004.14
3.Balakalyan Kakumanu7059159.0042.008.43
4.Christy Kulasingam7043143.0042.006.14
5.Dave Henig7051317.0014.007.29
6.Irwin Sarif10170--17.00
7.Ben Sarif20130--6.50
Rob Dean1catch
Balakalyan Kakumanu1catch
Ben Sarif1catch
David Padmore2drops
Rob Dean1drop
Tony Fletcher1drop
Dave Henig1drop
Christy Kulasingam1drop
Dominic Spillane1drop


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