Report by: Nurdler
Three reports in a row from your elderly correspondent so I’m feeling a bit overworked. Still at least this week we have a victory to eulogise rather than the somewhat depressing canings we received in the two previous weeks. It was warm(ish), dry(ish) and cloudy when Tuffers, The Rusty One and I arrived at the Edgware Village CC ground – coincidentally the scene of our one-sided mauling of the Allstars last year. A last minute cancellation of the home team’s match meant we played on the front pitch – which is also fairly steeply sloped and with the pitch cut pretty much in front of the pavilion had a stupendously long boundary down the slope to the woods. As standard, our skipper won the toss and this time elected to bowl first. Opening with Puff Daddy and Tuffers we seemed initially to be following the pattern of previous weeks with a steady stream of runs coming from the opposition batsmen and despite a few good balls, no discernable chances being created, a switch to Brush and CK himself brought similar results so last week’s most productive bowler – Daveski – was brought on early and to good effect. Runs dried up and wickets started to fall, this was more like it. Daveski bowled through taking 4 wickets at under 4 an over (his best ever figures for Salix) and the innings was stuttering a bit. A stand for the fifth wicket took the score over 200 but well under the 250 that was looking likely in the early stages and there was time for a first Salix wicket for Brush – courtesy of a great catch from Dozy taken over his shoulder, sprinting flat out – and the wicket of their most dangerous batsman for the persevering Fevster.
Tea-time then - smoked salmon sandwiches, Yum! – 215 to win which seemed gettable, particularly as we were playing 40 overs. Nelson and Dozy opened up and for once this season the partnership went to stereotype with Nelson despatching the ball to all parts and Dozy grinding out the odd single. It worked we got off to a solid start and with a little help from Mr Extras, the rate was good. Dozy hit one blinding straight drive but got out trying to speed up. This brought Brush to the crease, a batsman who has previously flattered to deceive having played some good looking cameos. Not today, taking a liking to some short-pitched bowling he smashed it around to such good effect that he was unbeaten on 73 we got home with 4 overs and 8 wickets to spare. The loss of Nelson (having scored 66 and passed CK’s record aggregate for the season in the process) being only a minor inconvenience with CK himself helping to knock off the remaining runs.
Well done all, all the bowlers were pretty much on target and there was some sterling fielding and a lot of ball chasing needed to the big boundary. No drops this week either. A big thank you to the opposition too – the weather gradually worsened and it was pretty wet by the end but the BECC boys kept going and stayed cheerful to the finish. I look forward to the re-match next year.
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