MIGHTY WANDERERS CC VS SALIX, 29 JUNE 2007, GUTTSTA CC, SWEDEN.
40 overs.
MIGHTY WANDERERS
BATSMAN HOW OUT BOWLER RUNS
J. Smith Bwld Jacobs 37
T. Maddison St. Shaw DeSilva 29
P. Kelly Bwld DeSilva 9
L. Smith St. Shaw Fletcher 18
A. Charlton St. Shaw Fletcher 27
R. Winter Bwld Kulasingham 32
M. Montgomery Bwld Fletcher 1
S. Tjasink Ct Jacobs 5
G. Mathias Run Out 2
M. Page Run Out 1
G. Stuart N/O 1
EXTRAS 35
TOTAL 197 all out      

SALIX
BATSMAN HOW OUT BOWLER RUNS
Spillane Ct. Maddison Tjasink 0
Fletcher Ct. J. Smith Stuart 3
Dyson Ct. L. Smith J. Smith 15
Lumsden Lbw J. Smith 17
Shaw Bwld J. Smith 0
Kulasingham N/O 40
Kloth Lbw Stuart 0
Nannery Ct. Tjasink J. Smith 1
Heaton Run Out 9
DeSilva Bwld Page 0
Dutta Lbw Winter 7
EXTRAS 60
TOTAL 152 all out.
Mighty Wanderers won by 45 runs.
Man of the match: Tim Maddison.
BOWLER OVERS MAIDENS RUNS W'KTS
Tjasink 4 0 23 1
Stuart 8 0 24 2
J. Smith 8 1 30 4
M. Page 5 0 23 1
Mathias 4 0 27 0
L. Smith 5 2 17 0
Winter 0.5 0 4 1
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Match Report
By Secretario

Underneath the midnight sun...we do the double!

After the heroics of just over two weeks earlier, when an inspired MWcc had dragged an entirely improbable victory over Salix from the flames, few could have dared to believe that nemesis would not likely follow on the return, as we lined up with the auld enemy and our wonderful hosts Guttsta CC to contest the Midnight Cup in idyllic rural Sweden (vast field, cricket pitch, looming forest, swifts darting across the hedgerows and lanes, a fat sun, a fatter moon, warm wooden houses).

Batting first, MWcc's entire top and middle order, without any one big score, chipped in admirably to post a total that, though not commanding, was definitely defendable. But even the most optimistic Jolly Wandering Person (JWP) could scarcely imagine the dream scenario that unfolded as, spearheaded by Jan's fiery spell, Salix's top order was relentlessly taken down.

A defining moment came when the ever dangerous Captain Ben (who had kept brilliantly) took guard at no.5. We knew he could turn things round and a sense that the game was now finely balanced was palpable throughout; a tension that errupted in joy as Jan clean bowled the Salix captain first ball, a moment of magic. Victory was now a tantalising prospect. But not a foregone conclusion. 197 was no great mountain, and the ever admirable CK1 was still climbing with ominous aggression and stickability. Nerves were fluttering more than slightly as he pressed on defiantly, but the team stuck at the task and chipped away brilliantly around Mt Kulasingham, taking Salix's remaining batsmen down for a handful of runs (note the number of extras in the final score).

It was a wonderful victory. To do the double over Salix in one year was a scarcely dreamed of possibility, and indeed normal service was to be resumed in due course, a fact that merely underlined how fine 2005's 'double' was and remains.


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