Strollers 24 May

SGCC v The Strollers at Hampstead Heath Ex. – 24th May 2009

Report by Chris Packham

Unlike last week’s match which was rained-off, this week the weather was
glorious; but even so the Strollers were unable to find eleven and required the
services of 3 Gardeners – Nick Duckett, Jeff Round and James Tait (wkt) – to
field a full strength team. So the SGCC surfeit of players continues: what
times these are.

Usually there are 2 or 3 matches played on the extension which can make it
quite crowded, but today ours was the only one. This went to the head of
those putting out the boundary markers who decided that this extra space
shouldn’t be wasted on sunbathers and dog walkers. Hence a couple of times
when the ball didn’t quite reach the boundary the batsmen ran 4 runs.
SGCC won the toss and elected to bat. Richard and Bruno got off to a bright
start averaging 6 an over until Richard fell in the fifth over. Bruno was bowled
3 overs later having top scored with 26. Mick and Malcolm put on a
partnership of 44, which was the best of the innings. Apart from numbers 7, 8
and 9, the runs were fairly evenly shared, finishing with a flourish from
newcomer Jim Campbell who scored 25 in a 33 run partnership with Jim M.

The final score was 160 for 9 off 35 overs.

Richard Higginbottom 13 (17) Bowled
Bruno Brewin 26 (24) Bowled
Mick Campbell 12 (20) Bowled
Malcolm Birkes (wkt) 24 (24) Caught
David Stead (cap’n) 18 (25) Bowled
David Hollingsworth 10 (20) Caught
Erik Samuelson 1 (5) LBW
Chris Packham 4 (5) Caught
Adam Wood 2 (8) Caught
Jim Campbell 25 (25) Not Out
Jim Monahan 5 (9) Not Out
Extras 20

The Campbell brothers opened the bowling, Jim proving to be quick and
difficult to score off. He was unlucky not to have taken more wickets, Malcolm
having uncharacteristically dropped an edged catch. Wickets were hard to
come by, but so were runs. At 18 overs we were 90 for 4, Strollers were 52 for
2 and needed over 6 an over to win. When Jim M. came on he took the wicket
of opening bat Holmes – who had batted for an hour and 37 minutes for 37
runs – with his second ball and carried on in the same vane to take 4 wickets,
one a stumping from stand-in keeper, Richard. The only seconded Gardener
to get a decent spell at the crease was Nick who scored 6 in 9 overs and was
given these words of encouragement by the umpiring Strollers’ captain, “Get
out”. Ignored; naturally.

The Strollers’ final score was 146 for 7 off 35 overs.

J. Campbell   7 Overs   1 Wicket   4 Maidens   12 Runs
M. Campbell   6 – 1 – 1 – 27
Packham  5 – 0 – 0 – 23
Stead   5 – 0 – 0 – 21
Brewin  6 – 1 – 0 – 30
Monahan   6 – 4 – 1 – 19
Extras   32

The extras were excessive (some promising MP’s in our midst?), but Malcolm
dislocated a finger and had to retire. Richard stood in as wicket keeper, which
can excuse the byes but not the 18 wides (although one of the umpires was
harsh), the captain being the only bowler not to bowl one.

An unusual occurrence in our innings was that twice there was ‘one run short’
and the correct signal given by the umpire – missed both times by the scorer
(me).

Next week it’s Bendev and curry for tea (excellent tea from Jim M by the way).
Will the unbeaten run continue?

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