Dulwich Sports Ground, Turney Rd
21st April 2016
40 over game
Weather - brass monkey weather
Spencer won the toss and chose to bat.
“On days like these, I wonder why we start in April…
Spencer won the toss and chose to bat with little hesitation - an ominous sign. Ben opened from the Pavilion end and Matt Porter from the MP memorial. Spencer’s opening duo were aggressive and keen to get on and our first wicket came from a mistimed on drive- Nariq hitting Ben with an on drive that carried as far as George who took his first catch for South Bank CC in his first game (12). Ben got the other opener Ponsonby when he flashed hard and edged to Trav who held a catch (mark really) to his shoulder at gully (15). Sid replaced Matt and bowled very well - air and turn and it was a dipping full toss that did for Willmer (b playing over the top - 13). He quickly followed up with another full ball that hit Fawden in front and on the front foot - no mercy lbw 0. 60 odd for 4 and in trouble and should have been more so when number 3 James edged off Dan to me low and I thought yes we are in. Except Dan’s right arm round had obscured the umpire’s view (he said). And James was playing in front of Daddy and he “wasn’t sure” he’d edged it. What he was sure about was having to go and sit down when he fancied getting a ton. And that was that. Spencer have a bit of a record on this and what we needed was Sean Keaton’s white hot fire of indignation and what we got was my “come on let’s get on with it”.
On with it we went and James gave another chance - a skier that Trav got under running back from gully and then spilled it having made the hard yards. Trav winkled out Burd with an edge to Jim at slip (12) and Shak went for a dance down to Sid and was stumped/run out by me for 7. But James, having rode and in effect made his own luck, batted very sensibly and particularly powerfully through the covers and batted in a way that would have been deserving of more praise had circumstances been different (I.e. had he not been a cheat). Pickles added oomph at the end of the innings in partnership with James and Spencer tucked into the bowling of George, Jim and the returning openers and pushed to 221. A frustrating score as for most of the innings 150 seemed a more likely tally. James got a begrudging slow clap from some of us - led by me.
South Bank CC bowling
Ben Hayes, 8 overs, 1 maiden, 40-2
Matt Porter, 8 overs, 1 maiden, 34-0
Stephen Barker, 8 overs, 40-1
Ojha, 8 overs, 1 maiden, 38-3
Dan Cohen, 2 overs, 19-0
George Rennison, 4 overs, 32-0
Jim Gant, 2 overs, 15-0
Over tea there was much discussion about the score and grumbling about the way it was acquired and that this notwithstanding there was a general feeling that we had a good batting line up and could make a good fist of it. Spencer had other ideas though and bowled a tight controlling line that kept us thoroughly pinned down and behind the rate. JT’s long vigil ended with a Hussein fast full one (b 8) and Jim prospered for a time with debutant opener Mark (showing his class with powerful drives through the covers). There was a mix up though and Jim found himself on a tight run that left him short (8) though suggesting it would’ve needed a video review to be sure, and Pedro followed almost immediately - awkwardly spearing a full toss to carry easily to cover from a leading edge (b Hussein 0). I joined Mark at first change and well set he looked to get after the slower bowler but it nipped through the gate to his flashing off drive (b Aqib 27). I was never comfortable and played one to leg that was too straight (no mercy - lbw Aqib 2) and things started to accelerate downhill pretty sharpish with our most prolific blades back in the pavilion. Dan dug in briefly for a long duck (ct I can’t now recall how b Aqib) and George batted only for a short duck (b Aqib). Ben played a couple of nice shots but couldn’t stop the rot, let alone pick up the rate to the fanciful 12-13 an over we by then needed. He was ct off Farukhi (12) and Trav was likewise dismissed (a slightly miscued off drive - b Farukhi again 7). It just remained for Sid to have a wild dart at Farukhi to be stumped for 1 to leave Matt with all the promise and none of the glory not out 1. Southbank had capitulated to 75 all out in just over 30 overs.
Spencer CC bowling
Glover, 5 overs, 1 maiden, 11-0
Pickles, 8 overs, 18-0
Hussein, 4 overs, 1 maiden, 14-2
Farukhi, 7.2 overs, 3 maidens, 19-3
Aqib, 6 overs, 1 maiden, 8-4 (these seem scarcely credible he didn’t seem that good but we certainly made him look so).
A thorough spanking and but for Brims and Fran that was one of the strongest batting line ups we can put out. All turned on the centurion but that is just sour grapes really. They batted better, bowled better and fielded better and deserved to win (though perhaps not by such a whopping margin). Great start to the season - cold and thrashed- at least it didn’t rain.