Dear all, After rain ruined most games on Sunday, there is only a few that beat the weather, but before Sagar’s essay at the end of this SMS, let me remind of this…
The next installment of questions is this Friday… please support this event!
Venue: Clubhouse, Dulwich Common
Cost: £10 (£5 concessions) – includes a brilliant curry by Savitri.
Start: 7.30pm (questions to start @ 8pm prompt).
6 per team (there is flexibility and you can join tables if you can’t fill one!)
Last weekends results:
1st X1 League position – 6th / 10
2nd X1 League position – 4th / 10
Patience is a virtue, and the 3s were rewarded with a quickfire win against Merstham on a day where most games within a 50-mile radius were washed out. Some excellent bowling by Ramsay (4-19), Mehta (3-11) and Whiteman (3-30) destroyed the Merstham top order. Only an eighth wicket rally (not for the first time this season) enabled them to reach 75. In response, Thompson got a flyer, and despite a little wobble, Foster and Kannan batted sensibly and aggressively to bring home the 13 points. With 5 to go, promotion is still a possibility, especially as we have to play 3 sides above us. (C Sowton)
3rd X1 League position – 6th / 18
4th X1 League Position – 2nd / 8
5th X1 League position – 10th / 10
After a lot of showers and a lot of deliberation the captains decided to make it a 30 over a side game which suited our attacking batsmen down to the ground. After initially deciding to field first after the opposition did not have enough players are were late due to traffic (wouldnt have started on time anyway due to the weather), the players anxiously waited to see if a game would be possible. As soon as the rain stopped the home skipper decided to do the toss properly and elected to bat. What a start it was, it had boundaries, dropped catches and some decent and poor fielding in slipperly conditions, we raced onto 47 before khalid got bowled to a tricky opening bowler. Then came the partnership that spectators and team mates were lucky to witness, JT and Neil destroyed the bowling to all parts, but the partnership didnt come without luck as both were dropped due to a slippery ball. In between coming on and off for rain, the pair put on 114 in no time at all before JT missed out on a maiden hundred by playing one back to the bowler, but a blinding knock none the less and a maiden century for the lad is around the corner!! In came the all-action crazy afghan they call sayif who decided he would not be left out and decided to play reverse scoops, dil-scoops and charge bowlers at least once or twice an over. Him and Neil continued to keep the run rate up, before neil after playing some lovely strokes which consisted of timing and dismissing drives finally skied a full toss to perish on 82, another batsmen who isnt far from a maiden century for the club. Alan edwards came in and there was no stopping the batsman who decided they werent going to stop and even 259 was not enough to quench their thirst for runs against a decent bowling outfit. After settling on 259 off 30 overs, the captains decided to show off their mathematical skills and reduce the game to 25 overs to get a game in and ensure there were no more rain delays, and also to stop before it got too dark. The oppo were set 216 off 25 overs at just over 8 an over. The captain and Luke Harris dismissed the top 5 for under 40 and this was thanks to top catching from jay patel, stan and especially sayif who plucked a cover drive at full stretch mid-air. On came Jay who bowled good lengths and was unlucky not to get a wicket, and dylan who bowled well but like all the others struggled with the slippery foot landings, never the less got a dangerous looking batsman caught 3/4 of the way to the boundary by the panther like skipper. After they completed a tight spell of 6 overs stan barrat-johnston came on with reardon and took 3 more wickets all caught again by Jay, Lukey and the skipper, and bowled very well to keep the oppo out of the game. And just incase we havnt mentioned him before the skipper decided to give the last over to sayif due to his brilliant catching and chasing of the leather, and he duely repaid it with a clean bowled to finish the match. All in all the difference between the two sides was catching as the oppo dropped 7 to 9 catches some easy some hard, but JT and Neil made them pay and we fielded and caught like demons. A performance like that is the benchmark for the rest of the games on sundays!! (Sagar Mehta)
This weekends games:
1st X1 home to Mitcham
2nd X1 away to Cobham Avorians
3rd X1 away to Addiscombe
4th X1 home to Addiscombe
5th X1 home to TBC
1st X1 home to TBC
2nd X1 home to TBC
Best of luck to all the sides.