And the online scorecard from Lindfield: http://lindfield.play-cricket.com/website/results/3337181
Lovely Lindfield, a beautiful late summer’s day, a healthy crowd and that beguiling, voluptuous slope.
As per usual for Lindfield it was time game in 42/38 format. Your humble captain has come to the conclusion that it best to lose the toss, and has perfected the calling technique to that end. Lindfield put us into bat.
…. and things didn’t start well…
Hatrick tentatively pushed forward for a C&B. Biff was run out by a direct hit shortly after. Roborbob was then bowled going for a big hit down the ground. Duncan hit a couple of good shots, but then spooned up a catch (He did console himself by wooing a passing cyclist though). Alex played around a straight one and Greys were in a spot of bother at 34 for 5.
What followed was one of the partnerships of the season between Alan and Jerry. A very watchful consolidation period preceded free flowing stroke play including PSM nominated moments: a gorgeous back foot cover drive from Alan and a lofted extra cover drive from Jerry. Proper cricket. The score book records it at 95 but several of us spectators remember clapping the 100 partnership. Alan was eventually bowled by Jones for 61 and Jerry was joined by Dom who set about raising the run rate further including a Jos Bulteresque back foot crunch down the ground. Jerry was eventually bowled for 81 and Dom was left 37no when the Greys declared on 222 after 40 overs.
Lindfield provided a fine of tea of well filled sandwiches, pizza, fruit, crisps, Swiss roll and cake.
Finally the slope and I could be together. I wish I could take Lindfield’s slope with me everywhere we play. It just makes you feel better about yourself. This must be what it is like to be 2 stone fitter and couple of inches taller. It gently ushers you towards the crease, the ball comes out a yard quicker and when it pitches, the slope helps again by amplifying the usual movement into the batsmen. In partnership, the slope and I took 5 wickets for 6 runs and they went like this –
- Opener Fuller scooped a slot length ball up in the air and forceful call from Alan caused Biff to back away (and end his hopes of snagging the catching trophy now that he has declared himself unavailable for the remaining games). T’was a good thing Alan caught it.
- Other opener Kaye received a couple of length balls that reared up like an over friendly Dalmation. Kaye followed Kennel club best practice for such situations, which is to back away and ignore, but unfortunately this proved less successful in a cricketing context and he was bowled by a straight one.
EO then chipped in by bowling Grout.
- Osbourne was a bit late on a short one and was very well caught by Hatrick on the run starting from midwicket.
- Grout 2 looked solid enough and kept out a couple of straight ones but succumbed to a middle and leg bound slower ball that was deemed PSM winner.
- Left hander Pierpoint was bowled by an in swinger up the hill on the last ball of my 6th other.
Things didn’t get much better for Lindfield with the first change bowling combo of Dom and Terry making short work of the Lindfield tail. It turned out the Dom and the slope also got on quite well and he bowled with quicker pace still, bowling O’Brien and trapping Green LBW, conceding only 6 runs in the process. Terry took 2 for 2 off his 3.1 overs aided by a fine catch and stumping from Jerry.
Lindfield had been bowled out for 45, 17 of which were byes; a fact that propelled Jerry into the annuls of Greys history by becoming the first Greysman to top score for both teams in a game.
From the dire straits of 34-5, TMGs had somehow gone on to win by 177 runs. As we basked in a combined glow of victory and late summer sunshine Terry wedgied EO, and when accused of being glutially deficient, EO counter commented that Terry acted as his proxy arse.
A great day was capped off by a jug heavy night in the Constant.
and they call me a racist…tsk!
Nice one Ben, a match report with descriptions and facts??? Think you need a “5” t-shirt….
“The slope and I” – A Cricketer’s Memoir by Ben Newland
“Finally the slope and I could be together” – had me doing a proper lol! Awesome stuff. Appreciated the ‘reared up like an over-friendly Dalmation’ line too. top work! Top slower ball too. Its a shame so much good stuff is condensed into one game sometimes – Jerry top-scoring for both teams is surely a Greys first??? Doubt it will ever happen again – needs its own trophy at the AGM i reckon.