Report by: An uninterested party
Heroes David Bowie
I, I will be king
And you, you will be queen
Though nothing will drive them away
We can beat them just for one day
We can be Heroes just for one day
Ladies and gentlemen, let us introduce Junior Prince Fletch, Crown Prince Chris K and King Alex, Salix CC heroes for just one day.
This game had echoes from the past. We turned up late (last year they were late). The game was a heroic draw (as it was in 2000.
The Phene (who were actually half Phene and half Demijohns) insisted on playing a timed game (ultimately this is to lead to a total breaksdown in relations, but thats years ahead) , so discretion being the better part of valour, we agreed. Salix CC took to the field and pretty much bowled and fielded well on a good track. We kept them to 147 at tea, a well do-able score and then strapped on our pads.
A slowish start took place however the Phene ringer, Mr Grewcock was bowling very well. And then wham. He took 6 wickets in 2.4 overs. Andy R clean bowled, Paul lbw (given by Fletch and I have to say Paul took it very well.), Captain Ben, a golden, Andy Bush beaten by a Yorker, James caught and Tom clean bowled. Salix CC were 20 for 6 after 7 overs. Disaster loomed. Armed with instructions to play defensively, Tinker hit a great 17 off about ten balls and departed.
And this was the point where the past comes back to haunt the Phene. If they had agreed to our regular game – 40 overs, they would have hammered the stuffing out of us, however as they had insisted on a timed game we had the option of defending. So King Alex and Crown Prince Chris battened down and faced out 14 overs before Alex was out, This then left Chris and Junior Prince Tony to see out 13 overs, which they did against a packed field, scoring only 2 runs, but never in serious danger to see the game to an honourable draw.
There’s a moral here. But I’m not going to say what it is.
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