MIGHTY WANDERERS CC VS BERNARD SUNLEY XI, JUNE 19 2005, HEADSTONE LANE.
40 over match.
|Dawkins||Ct Kelly||J Smith||60|
|Warmsley||Ct L Smith||Stuart||18|
|Joshi||Ct L Smith||Maddison||45|
|TOTAL||187 All out|
|TOTAL||188 for 7|
|Mighty Wanderers won by 4 wickets.|
|Man of the match: Lars Smith|
By TTS and Skip
The Sweet Smell of Success (at last)
A beautiful sunny morning held great promise for Wanderers everywhere. And when I say everywhere I mean everywhere; Wanderers were born during the course of this beguiling game. At kick-off, two of Lars' cousins were present merely in their roles of interested observers but by the end they were fully welcomed into the Wanderers Band of Brothers.
And to the game...
BSCC won the toss and elected to bat. Their openers saw off a hostile spell from the Chairman but were quickly bogged down by a combination of Wildman's wilting melon and the Cat's unerring persistence. The Wanderers seemed to have the situation very much in control as BSCC lost two wickets for not many. However, the entrance of the electric Joshi who, having seen off Jan's fierce bowling, seemed destined to change the game in the Sunleys favour. Wozy, Murdo & Sothers were all harshly treated but it was the Famous Auctioneer who would have the last laugh. On 45, Sothers cunningly looped a full toss to the man in form who lashed it straight down the SlipperySwede's throat at deep midwicket. Disaster - Smith's spill would surely lead to Joshi's maiden century vs MWCC. Cunning as ever, El Secretario repeated the dose and this time Lars made no mistake in snaffling an identical opportunity to that which had gone down the previous ball.
The Wanderers' body language changed from one of quiet concern to excited, aggressive optimism. Dawkins, who had compiled a sensible 60 chipped Jan hard to mid-off where a tumbling Chairman took a catch of breathtaking athleticism. "Was there a Tsunami?" he enquired as he rose from the dust?
At this point Lars' cousins Claes & Ronny now introduced some traditional Swedish bowling to the proceedings, using the famous 30 yard whale-harpooning technique to good effect. This seemed to unbalance the batsmen and it was our Glorious Leader who would take full advantage of this unsteadiness. Wufferelli ripped through the lower order with dead-stright precision bowling and Lars finished things off with a comedy slower ball.
187 all out and things were looking bright for the Wanderers.
The MWCC innings started brightly with Johnny Mortimer in typical dashing form, smashing anything wide through point. The early losses of Wozy & the Auctioneer was deeply felt but no more so than when our Chairman pulled up and had to be lain to rest in a full length sun-lounger and fed nothing but a diet of chilled Magner's. The Wanderers, to be frank, were wobbling and, talking of wobbling, it was Wildman's minor melon and Jan's impressive straightness that took centra stage once Johnny was out caught to Misra for 23. These two once again established a solid base from which the Wanderers could win the game, but the surprise dismissal of Jan, bowled by Dawkins, once again saw the big crowd fretting.
Wildman & TSS once again regained the momentum with Wildman particulary impressive, his "I can slog-sweep from absolutely f*!king anywhere" technique bringing tears of anguish to the eyes of the Bernard Sunley bowlers. Just as everyone thought that the game was in the bag, Wild was bowled, bringing Wuff to the crease. Having glanced his way to an elegant 4, our Captain was distraught to have been given 'Run Out' and it was left to the Cat and the Swede to complete an exciting victory, Lars winning the Man-of-the-Match award for a controlled 62 not out.