MIGHTY WANDERERS CC VS SALIX, 7 MAY 2006, GLAXO.
40 over match.
|Kulasingam||Ct Maddison||M Page||73|
|R Winter||Ct Wkt||Ellis||0|
|TOTAL||82 for 9|
|Mighty Wanderers lost by 88 runs.|
|Man of the match: ???|
By The Chairman
(Secretario's Note: Tjazzy's bowling figures are special, especially in the context of the game).
6th May 2006: After a dismal January [I think for all] the long awaited 1st Wanderers match against Salix finally arrived! It's always a joy playing Salix at their home ground. Of particular note is the line of Lombardy Poplar trees, which marks the line of the old road. I believe these to be the male variety as the female variety release their seed in fine cotton wool-like balls which when released float on the wind and are seen everywhere in clumps. Apparently cricket has been played there at least since the 30s and there have been allotments on the spot for hundreds of years. Anyway a fine setting, especially as Salix/Wanderer games are always played in a good competitive spirit.
On parking up Jonny pulled up alongside in his fine Rover 2000 - they don't make'm like that anymore. The paintwork could do with some touching up, but overall I thought the bodywork sound. The leather seats looked a joy to sit in - not those bucket variety, invariably adopted by this pleasure seeking Beckham generation.
I don't know who won the toss but Salix batted first and I opened the bowling on a soft wicket. Managed a wicket in the first over masterfully caught by Jonny. Plus nearly caught and bowled Salix's other opener [apologies for lack of name] - which turned out to be an expensive drop as he went onto make a well deserved fine century plus.
Things were looking OK when a glance at the scoreboard indicated 4 for 25 thanks to some fine bowling by Tjas and The Cat. At this point Salix dug in with dark clouds looming [literally] and ended up on 228 for 4 where upon [in fine Wanderers' spirit] there was a lot of sky watching and met office conjecture followed by a team jig that Black Elk of the Sioux would have been proud of!
After performing in 'Carry On Find The Tea' followed by 'Carry On Where's Fletch' the Mighty Wanderers set to the task. We new we had a challenge to face, which we undertook with gusto. Tjas and Jonny opened the batting and look to be getting to grips, but then I mistakenly blinked and was in at No. 9. The strip had obviously dried out [in the rain] and given Salix the advantage. On about 33 overs it really was raining and Fletch magnanimously mentioned something about slowing the bowling in the conditions. Beautiful! I made furtive glances, through sheets of rain, at the umpire [Wuff], whilst Gaf was putting in a fine performance on the last over. Our efforts were to no avail as we handed Salix a fine victory.
As ever a most pleasurable day.