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Sarf of the river: Brixton Casuals 18 Aug 2002 (Season: 2002)
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Cows Graze
As Herr Direktor and the Clarkster tooled over to pastures south of the river, I mused that the nine men of Salix might well be in line for a good whacking.  On that I was very wrong. 

What I did not ponder was that the London Borough of Lewisham would be able to prepare a pitch in Dulwich park that would be quite as dangerous as  the one we all played on. I'm pretty sure they don't graze cattle in the Park, but they clearly never heard of the heavy roller.  or the light one come to that.  And it was obviously cut with a strimmer.  Balls stayed low, bounced over peoples heads and just shot anywhere.  An accident was in the wings.

The Casuals batted first and got off to a rollicking start with their Captain hitting us to the boundary numerous times. And then (a not particularly fast) one from Steve reared up and hit the poor chap in the face, removing a tooth. He retired for  while but bravely came back only to be bowled by one from yours truly that hit the deck and just stayed there, rolling under his bat. The other opener hit a great fifty, but we bowled and fielded well and the nine men of Brixton all to soon faced the long trudge over the hillocky outfield to tea. Their other opener got a good fifty, Salix dropped a couple of very hard catches, but pretty much everyone got bowled, and extras were the second highest scorer at 40 

After tea, the Salix openers started slowly and Alex got cleaned bowled for a duck.  Andy Rayner and Clarkster got things moving before Andy was clean bowled by yet another unplayable ball that just hit the deck and stayed there.  In came Martin, and after a decidedly precarious start, he and Clarkster settled down to some great stroke play to put on a partnership of 108, with Martin unlucky to miss his 50.  Then it was down to Tinker to smack the winning runs and we were home for tea. Again, extras were the second highest scorer at 43 (including a couple of 4 byes).

The Brixton Casuals are a new team and we greatly enjoyed playing them.  Both teams only had 9 and it was red hot, so everyone was just a tad knackered but this was a great day out and a pretty close game and palyed with a really nice spirit.  But the Council should have their corporate arses kicked for that pitch. 

Salix CC versus Brixton Casuals at South Bank Uni Sports Ground on 18-08-2002(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)153for 4off30overs Match Won
Brixton Casuals151all outoff29.5overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Alex Newton0Bowled
2.Andy Rayner14Bowled
3.Neil Clark37Bowled
4.Martin Nieri47Bowled
5.Graham Nannery4Not Out
6.Andy Bush0Not Out
7.Ben Shaw0Did Not Bat
8.Tony Fletcher0Did Not Bat
9.Steve Jacobs0Did Not Bat
1.Tony Fletcher7047147.0042.006.71
2.Andy Bush601125.5018.001.83
3.Neil Clark70240--3.43
4.Steve Jacobs40190--4.75
5.Alex Newton4.5033311.009.676.83
6.Martin Nieri10111.006.001.00
Martin Nieri1catch
Ben Shaw1catch
Tony Fletcher1drop
Graham Nannery1drop

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