Cricket , eh , bloody hell……..
WHAT A GAME ; This has to go down as one of TMG’s best victories in all the years I’ve been playing . A true team performance which was also dominated by a certain large bottomed individual who managed to make outstanding contribution with both bat and ball despite having knee surgery on the morning of the game (I may have misheard this).
Twineham set off at a right old rate despite good bowling from QB (6-20-1) and Robbie H (4-32-0) who’s figures belied the amount of times they beat the bat with Simon being particularly brutal to anything over pitched .For a period TMG’s looked their age in the field until QB produced a lifter to remove the dangerous Simon well poached by Duncan in the gully ; his first catch for TMG’s (I may have misheard this) Twineham continued going at a decent rate moving on to 71 off 12 overs but the change to DD and HR did the trick .HR bowling with great pace and accuracy dropped one short , Pearce cut it to my left and I dived clutching it as it went behind me to take even if I say so myself a top, top catch . The word “Stokesian ‘ was used as well as those deathly words ” that’s you writing the match report ” This coupled with the retirement of the other opener with a hamstring pull put the brakes on the Twineham innings and with TMG’s rejuvenated the tide began to turn. DD finished with a tight 5-24 ‘ EO , bowling like everything made sense , bowled 10 overs unchanged taking 3-38 and with HR ( 7-16-1) the runs dried up .93-4 led to 113-5 to 123-6 . Enter the Dominator who took 8-4 , including a beauty of a slower ball , off 6 and a half overs as the wickets tumbled ; 139-7,-8,-9 and then 149 all out.
In the field inspired by Jerry’s catch and his effortless banter (Dom ” I thought he might catch that but its gone with the wind ” Me ” frankly my dear i don’t GIVE a damn “) DD followed some early Red Arrow auditions with 2 catches , Rob H took a nonchalant 1 hander at square leg. Dom nearly took a stunner at slip which flicked his outstretched hand and nearly landed in Dunc’s grateful hands which would have been his maiden TMG’s catch ( i may have mis…).This was quite an achievement as at one point he’d appeared to have broken his collarbone.
Behind the stumps Alex was having his own private party catching one down the leg side off EO’s 1st ball , nearly taking a stunner next ball down the other leg side and then catching their skipper off a regulation edge which “apparently ” he didn’t edge . Cue much muntering and chuntering which I’m far too polite to recount here ; obviously Dom was involved..
So with Twineham all out for 149 TMG’s had 1 hour 15 minutes and 20 overs to make 150 for victory . I decided to set our stall out early by cover driving the 3rd ball of our reply which resulted in a splattering of stumps and 0-1 which quickly became 0-2 when Dunc was caught behind. Biff and DD steadied the ship with Biff(12) playing a great “high” cut and DD driving beautifully including one lovely 4 up to the playground. Runs were still hard to come by against a very good attack which offered no four balls and when Biff went DD’s groin soon followed. 33-3 became 43-4 with HR nicking one , nodding to the umpire and walking towards the pavilion ( their slip ” that’s how you do it Skip ! ” ) became 56-5 when Tel was caught close in became 61-6 when ,in pain , DD was bowled for an admirable 33. With Alex going for 9 we were now 78-7 with only 15 of the last 20 overs left . ” Squeaky bum time ” to quote AF again but with Dom we had not only a bum but the biggest bum ; a bum , to quote a certain Mr B Levy ” Broader than Broadway “.
QB came to join him and they proceeded to muster a magnificent partnership with Dom batting masterfully for 59 including 2 6’s off consecutive balls and an all run 4 off a deft yet powerful leg glance and with QB fully contributing with 18 the stand out being a lovely 4 which I have no memory of ( it was all getting too much ) but it was mos def lovely. Suddenly the game seemed so much easier as they chancelessly knocked off the 72 needed in 12 or so overs with a 3 to long on from Dom providing the winning runs.
The game of the season so far and the game of many a season in my opinion ended with some lovely Harvey’s at the Royal Oak and confirmation that EO had indeed worn his banana skin both before and after the game and left his shorts on Alex’s helmet ….I may have misheard…….DFWTMG