MIGHTY WANDERERS CC VS St ANNE'S ALL-STARS, 9 AUGUST 2004, BARNE ELMS.
35 over match.
|TOTAL||108 All Out|
|T Haddow-Allen||Bwld||M Page||4|
|MCD Bovill||Lbw||M Page||3|
|R A Eager||Bwld||Tjasink||6|
|C G Hipwell||Ct Winter||Smith||39|
|TOTAL||109 for 5|
|St Anne's won by 5 wickets.|
|Man of the match: Margaret (again!)|
It was obviously going to be a strange day when on getting the pitch in Barnes - I saw a Travis Perkins Van (The Chairman's Car) being observed and followed by a very keen Inland Revenue Man. I Spy Wozi. Is there no end to his keeness or suspicion about working builders.
As the playing area was deserted we had to make the choice between the awful pitch and the terrible pavilion or the fairly awful pitch and the rundown pavilion. After so some argy bargy between St Annes and the other home Captain - we used our seniority and were sent to the awful pitch.
The Chairman won the toss and decided to bat - which considering the heat seemed a truly sensible decision. Unfortunately the Wanderers proceeded to let our fine captain down.
A bad pitch with very strange bounce coupled with the appearance of Beau Geste's twin brother soon had us in trouble. Andy and Gaf started promisingly but then disaster and we were reduced to about 20 for 4 with Wozi being caught off a terrible popper of a ball. However cometh the hour and cometh the Croatian. Lars Ivanisevic Smith, just minutes after returning from a Karaoke competition in Mostar - strode onto the pitch - and was promptly nearly out second ball to a wicked bounce.
Lars and Wild developed a small stand - until Wild was given out by Andy Charlton to a ball that must have been at least 4 feet from his glove - actually about 3 inches. However the highlight of the batting was Wuff - doing an impersonation of a dying ant - falling over when the ball hit him - first trying to head then kick and then handle the ball before it trickled onto the stumps. Strange Cumbrian noises were heard on his way to the pavilion.
After the departure of Margaret - enter Stephen Tjasink. After his last two innings great things were expected of the last wicket. In the middle of the mayhem Lars had cruised serenely to 60 (look we all know he can bat - so why write about all the good shots - after all this is crap cricket). Surely a last stand of 50 was possible- however in a moment of heatstroke and Balkan like impatience TSS ran out the stranded TJasi.
108 was about 50 below par - surely the Wanderers could not win this one.
The Wanderers returned to the pitch with about 20 crows on the pitch - was this a sign of foreboding.
In a great beginning Margaret (I am your sister and I can bowl you know Bob) Page completely mesmerised their best batsman and their number three. This combined with a knockout ball from Tjasi combined with a wicket and there was much optimism amongst the troops.
Unfortunately the fallen opener and Hipwell got into a rhythm and started with some singles followed by some lusty hitting along with Chicken (surely a guest player) and the opposition crossed the finishing line with 5 wickets to spare.
Not a disgrace and a plucky fielding display but too few runs.
If anyone sees Wozi in Southall - let the Chairman know