DOWN UNDER DRAGONS vs MWCC on 30/5/09 at Greenwich
Declaration
MIGHTY WANDERERS
BATSMANHOW OUTBOWLERRUNS
B. PagectNyranjan14
KellyctJoe11
MontgomerylbwRamsay24
SmithbwldMichael70
WijeyesinghebwldMichael38
J. KnightctNyranjan8
MaddisonbwldGavin15
TjasinklbwNyranjan0
Mathiasbwld Gavin0
S. KnightlbwMichael0
Wintern/o1
EXTRAS19
TOTAL202 for All Out (47 overs)
DOWN UNDER DRAGONS
BATSMANHOW OUTBOWLERRUNS
DereklbwSandeepa1
Nyranjann/o56
JoebwldSandeepa0
Anthonyn/0121
dnb
dnb
dnb
dnb
dnb
dnb
dnb
EXTRAS27
TOTAL205 for 2 ( overs)


BOWLEROVERSMAIDENSRUNSW'KTS
Tjasink50350
Sandeepa60422
Mathias40330
Winter70430
Kelly20150
Montgomery20230
Maddison0.3080
Result: DUDs won by 8 wickets
Man of the Match: Sandeepa

Match Report
by Secretario

A scorching hot day in late May at the Rangers Field in Greenwich Park, jewel of the London park grounds, a fine way to start our first whole season as a truly wanderering side

Skip's skilful tossing (which was to continue through the season) saved from a roasting in the field, and Bob and the Chairman got us off to a fine start with a volley of boundaries, twos and even the odd quick single, a partnership that would have been a delight to see carried through for longer. Bob was unlucky to take a sharp rap on the glove, evident straight away as a bad bruise at best,a break at worst, which it proved to be.

Murd, clearly emerging as a must-pick for Scotland's 20-20 squad, put the peddle to the metal even more dramatically with a quickfire 24, before a thoroughbred middle order partnership between Lars and Sandeepa really took command, with boundaries piercing the field like falcons tearing through a flock of pigeons. It was fine fine stuff.

Knight Sir James was next in and showed the excellence of his text book batting with two fine boundaries before being unluckily dismissed by the faintest of edges, a nick he is even now preparing to take to the European Court to contest. But even in those two shots, the quality was very evident of a potential David Gower in the bosom of the team. Beyond your correspondent's humble efforts, the scorer remained untroubled by the rest of the order, with the need to press on leaving Wuff stranded at the end on one. But 202, though not truly commanding, was avery decent score against the always testing and dogged DUD's attack. Would we be able to capitalise?

No.

Not that a spectator seeing the DUD's reeling at 10 for 2 after Sandeepa had tore out two batsman in one over would have expected that. But the unavoidable truth was that with only two frontline bowlers in Sandeepa and Stephen we were always going to struggle against a side of the DUD's batting ability. Lars's shoulder injury robbed us of his economy, guile and reliable wicket-taking and Margaret, always missed when not available, has traditionally found Greenwich to be her own personal glorious twelfth, batsman her helpless Grouse. Anthony, the DUD's demon leg spinner turned long-run up paceman for this game, batted absolutely superbly for an unbeaten 121 and that was basically that. And as such, it was actually no disgrace. We batted well overall, superbly in two cases, and when your bowling attack is limited by circumstances beyond control, facing a truly in-form batsman, the story is, barring the occasionally miraculous, already written for you.

Consolation was found, as always, by the side of Old Father Thames at the Cutty Sark. As the sun set over the long reach of the river, a hot day was satisfyingly quenched.



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