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Lesbos: Presidents XI at Haydons Road 1 Sept (Season: 2001)
Report by: Fletch

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As me and the Clarkster battled through heavy traffic to Wimbledon, talked turned naturally to tax efficiency, his summer hols on Lesbos, the arcane art of off spin and leg breaks and, of course, our boys chances against the Germany in the World cup qualifier.

Well, first to the cricket. As the Pres (our oldest, possibly in more ways than one) opponents were a little short, they commenced by batting, on a glorious September afternoon. Salix CC started in time honoured fashion by dropping a couple of catches - Andy "I'm going for a Dump" Bush did have to run a little way, but what has happened to his normally safe hands? And Cap'n Ben put down one behind the stumps. But then Clarkster and Fletch stepped in to give Mr Jacobs a couple of well deserved catches and it was game on as all our bowlers got good wickets (Fletch 3 for 12, Subbu 2 for 11) and the fielders managed to put their hands together.

At tea (a very nice curry type affair) we faced a target of only 84, and Alex and the Clarkster put on a quick 42 before Fletch was obliged to give Alex out LBW to a very straight one (thanks for not arguing mate). A small Salix CC style middle order collapse was not helped by Cap'n Ben failing to face up to his personal demons at Haydons Road (duck last year, 2 this year) however the Clarkester (24 no) shepherded the players to out total in plenty of time to get to a TV for the big match.

Chancellor Kohl, Berthold Brecht, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Kaiser Wilhelm the Fourth, your Lads took a real beating at MUNICH. 5-1, with an Owen Hat trick. It just rounded the day of nicely.

Salix CC versus Presidents at Haydons Road on 01-09-2001(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)85for 5off21overs Match Won
Presidents84all outoff27overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Neil Clark24Not Out
2.Alex Newton24LBW
3.Vinay Kumar10Caught
4.Ben Shaw2Caught
5.Ollie Carter5Bowled
6.Dominic Spillane0Caught
7.Andy Bush1Not Out
8.Christy Kulasingam0Did Not Bat
9.Tony Fletcher0Did Not Bat
10.Subu Shanmugham0Did Not Bat
11.Steve Jacobs0Did Not Bat
1.Steve Jacobs401628.0012.004.00
2.Andy Bush7020210.0021.002.86
3.Christy Kulasingam6022122.0036.003.67
4.Subu Shanmugham611125.5018.001.83
5.Tony Fletcher401234.008.003.00
Ben Shaw3catches
Vinay Kumar2catches
Neil Clark1catch
Tony Fletcher1catch
Andy Bush1drop
Ollie Carter1drop
Steve Jacobs1drop
Ben Shaw1drop

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