MIGHTY WANDERERS CC VS WHITE SWAN, 30 MAY 2004, BARN ELMS.
35 over match.
|Porteous||Ct (Barnard)||M Page||133|
|Lawrence||Stmp (Winter)||L Smith||108|
|R Winter||Ct (Bondy)||Ben||16|
|TOTAL||147 for 8|
|Mighty Wanderers lost by 225 runs.|
|Man of the match: Stephen Tjasink|
Wanderers triumph as White Swan fail to reach 400 in 35 overs!!
"Never ending scenes of torture, painful floggings, carnage, massacres - I couldn't look." This was a passing Mel Gibson's verdict on the mighty martyrdom inflicted upon the Wanderers by New Zealand A, masquerading as a jolly pub team, on the blasted heath of Barn Elms.
This was Match 1 of Skip's radical policy of giving everyone a taste of the Captaincy. Murdo was first up to wear the armband and his excellent team talk was to be the highlight of a frankly gruesome day in which the team was taken to the cleaners and back again by the awesome batting of the White Swan's numbers 1 to 3. Getting bored of hitting simple fours, they started hitting sixes, but getting bored of that too they decided to hit huge sixes instead, before getting bored of that as well and turning to avoid total tedium to hitting a mixture of fours and huge sixes. White Swan's No.3 in particular stood out as a brilliant, clean hitting left hander of no small ability who would walk into most league sides.
One of the team's original founders told us that originally a pub XI, the team had evolved rather beyond that, whilst retaining the name. And certainly the standard was well above what one would expect from a non-league pub squad. No info had been available on the team beforehand, though their trouncing of the Whalers a couple of weeks prior had already started alarm bells ringing.
It was total carnage, and when the rain came at team time, not a few Wanderers' stalwarts were hoping that was that. But it wasn't. And just as well, as Stephen T went out and scored a fine 51 not out. By the time our no.5 fell, Wuff urged the remaining cricket fighters to go down with guns blazing, and when Kells strode to the wicket, the opposition were clearly expecting village fireworks - one fielder was heard to say "there'll be some sixes now". But Farmer Kelly had clearly just had bad news about the price of heffers as, to everyone's amazement, not least White Swan's, he proceeded to block every ball with the grim concentration of a Geoff Tavare and the innings subsided to its grisly climax with something less than a bang.
Still, there were a few silver linings: Wuff bowled with, for the circumstances, astounding economy - 5 overs for 12 runs. Wuff and Jon swapped gloves and Jon bowled very well removing White Swan's deadly no.3 in the process. Wuff, not to be outdone, took a stumping off Lars. Bob bowled a fine line and length, and Stephen batted doggedly to record his highest Wanderers score and salvage a bit of pride from an otherwise comically one-sided day. PLUS, it should be recorded that we did actually score more against them than The Whalers did. Sniff at that at your peril.