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Annual Rogering on target: London Nigerians 14 July 2002 (Season: 2002)
Report by: The ancient Spinner

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Its big. Its Windy. Its a tunnel
The day of our annual rogering by the London Nigerians (postponed for the last two years due to their league commitments) dawned bright and red hot. Could this be an English summer? Salix players were asked by Herr Direktor to bring their own tea plus plenty of KY jelly to ensure the a.m. rogering was not too painful.

The LNCC graciously agreed to a timed game and to bat first (thus giving us what we technically know as a cats chance) to make something of the game. Similarly Mackay arrived clad in his civvies and the LNCC only brought one Nigerian National team player along with them. Things were looking, if not rosy, then certainly a pale pastel.

Truth to tell our bowling was pretty good. True, catches win matches and we put four down, but they were none of them easy and frankly I think our team were pretty brave to get a hand on some of them (hope the strapping and the cold spray worked Paul!). Chinks in the armour showed as Alex took a great catch to dismiss Kabler off Fletch’s slow one, then Alex coming off a long run up (good to see you back in the groove) got Roland. Andy Rayner got Tade to one of the finest LBWs seen in Belair for a long time, as the batsman kind of pirouetted round on one leg, he stuck his other horizontally across the wicket. The wickets were finished by Fletch taking (and I say this with all due modesty) rather a good airborne catch at square leg off Clark. The resulting thud of middle aged flesh hitting the ground registered around 2.3 on the Dulwich Richter scale

So at tea, we had a target of 202 to beat. And around 35 overs.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote that our batting sucked like a 100 foot high Dyson. And could suck no more. But I was wrong. Apparently NASA own the worlds largest wind tunnel (you can see a picture here) – you can fit a 747 in it, no problem. And apparently they can set it to suck instead of blow. OK, well on to our batting – 6 Salix players got two or less, 4 got less than 10 and only Clarkster hit double figures. About the only thing of note was that Fletch, Chris K and Steve-o tried to see out the remaining 24 overs. Well we saw out 9 of them. And then we saw our way home. But on the bright side Steve got an average finally, and we welcomed a new player Paul Mason and Matt enjoyed skippering and we meet all our old friends from the LNCC. And you can’t really ask for more than that. I don’t normally do this, but here are the LNCC bowling figures

Salix CC versus London Nigerians at Belair on 14-07-2002(Timed Game)
Salix CC (batting second)64all outoff26.3overs Match Lost
London Nigerians202for 4off32overs dec
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Matt Swindells5Bowled
2.Neil Clark14Caught
3.Paul Mason0Bowled
4.Jeremy Hogben0Bowled
5.Andy Rayner1Caught
6.Alex Newton1Bowled
7.Graham Nannery2Caught
8.Christy Kulasingam9LBW
9.Tony Fletcher5Not Out
10.Steve Jacobs8Caught
11.Dominic Spillane1Caught
1.Steve Jacobs71310--4.43
2.Christy Kulasingam71400--5.71
3.Neil Clark6043143.0036.007.17
4.Tony Fletcher5128128.0030.005.60
5.Andy Rayner3013113.0018.004.33
6.Alex Newton4031131.0024.007.75
Tony Fletcher1catch
Alex Newton1catch
Dominic Spillane1catch
Neil Clark1drop
Steve Jacobs1drop
Paul Mason1drop
Dominic Spillane1drop

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