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Pace and Bounce: vs Highgate Taverners 24 Jul 2016 (Season: 2016)
Report by: Elvis

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Rog, opening, but not for long
After a week of soaring temperatures Salix might have expected to have found a dead track at Harlington on Sunday: early season par is 150, but it's usually 200 (and then some) by the middle of the summer. I was therefore a little surprised to find that Cap'n CK had won the toss and put them into bat; but with more than patchy cloud about it was exactly the right call as Fevin and Manav set about decimating our newest opponent's top order. With both bowlers hooping the ball into and away from the batmen we soon had Highgate Taverners at 36 for 6, most of the wickets clean bowled and it looked like being an exceedingly early tea. However, the Taverner's no. 3 had played himself in and built some respectability, harvesting the strike carefully whilst the other wickets tumbled a little more slowly, Azfar's and Tuffer's bowling still keeping things tight with the latter particularly unlucky not to get better reward for some prodigious turn and good length. Along the way Daveski took a sharp diving catch to give Azfar his second wicket and CK took a tough running catch out at long on from a rank full toss that otherwise would have been a one bounce four. Thanks skipper. Highgate finally recovered to 104, with 61 of those runs coming from their no. 3 and only extras also reaching double figures.

During the tea CK was careful to manage expectations, albeit whilst putting two of his batsmen more renowned for hit and hope higher up the order than would usually be merited. Thanks skipper. The captain's wariness was vindicated as soon as we saw the first few balls from Highgate's opening bowler. There have been few that we've seen with as much pace at Harlington and fewer still able to produce as much bounce. Three of his overs were wicket maidens and the relief brought from the conclusion of his spell was short lived as it became apparent that Highgate is also a team full of quality bowling. There was no let up and nobody in the team covered themselves with much glory, although it would be churlish not to praise an excellent bowling attack against which even our best batsmen could find no answer. The ball which dismissed CK was in particular unplayable and the resulting catch taken in the slips was a magnificent piece of sharp fielding. The only solace for our beleaguered captain was that we scraped past our club lowest score before a gimpy CGC could hobble out to bat with a runner and put that unwanted record at risk.

Thanks very much to Highgate, who were delightful new opponents and very honest to play against, which is not something you find all the time in Sunday cricket. Hopefully a rematch will be a little closer next time.

Drops: Rog, Fev and Tuffers shelled one each, all off Tuffers. Poor Tuffers

Salix CC versus Highgate Taverners at Harlington on 24-07-2016(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)63all outoff29overs Match Lost
Highgate Taverners104all outoff29overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Dave Henig10Caught
2.Roger Heaton1Bowled
3.Adam Darling1Bowled
4.Mike Ellis0Bowled
5.Christy Kulasingam12Caught
6.David Padmore9Caught
7.Manav Bakshi6Caught
8.Azfar Aslam9LBW
9.Fevin Mascarenhas9Caught
10.Dillan Unadkat1Bowled
11.Stuart Lumsden0Not Out
1.Fevin Mascarenhas712438.0014.003.43
2.Manav Bakshi731234.0014.001.71
3.Azfar Aslam501929.5015.003.80
4.Dillan Unadkat70310--4.43
5.Mike Ellis301125.509.003.67
Azfar Aslam1catch
Dave Henig1catch
Christy Kulasingam1catch
Roger Heaton1drop
Fevin Mascarenhas1drop
Dillan Unadkat1drop

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YM left the following remarks on 29th July 2016

re cumulative scores: Against the Balham Roamers, 4 June 2006 at Glaxo was a cumulative score of only 124 runs as we made 59 all out which they proceeded to knock off in 15 overs leaving time for a beer match.

Elvis left the following remarks on 29th July 2016

The book is an unforgiving mistress - if you put on the pads you have to suffer the slings and arrows of cruel Salix fate. Anyone who has a good catch ratio hasn't tried hard enough.

Tuffers left the following remarks on 26th July 2016

Excellent write-up Elvis, the drop against Fev is harsh, inside edge which then brushes off stump (without dislodging the bails) is tough for an experienced keeper let alone someone who is keeping for the first time for Salix! Also one for the stattos - is this the lowest cumulative score for two completed innings?