Whippets 26 May

Whippets vs Salmagundi Gardeners at Chiswick House, Thursday 26th May

The first 20:20 game of the SGCC season was held against the Whippets in the picturesque grounds of Chiswick Park.  Night game skipper Nick lost the toss and The Gardeners took to the field.  Paul “Barking” Brasted bowled an amazing first over – first ball despatched brutally for four, next ball missed, third ball bowled the opener Chris Warwick (who scored a half century for us last season), fourth ball – another wicket, snicked behind and caught by wicket keeper Jeff.  The hat trick did not materialise though Paul delivered an excellent inswinger – round one to the Gardeners.  Lord Fakenham opened at the other end and the Whippets commenced their assault – any ball was there to be hit on a fast track with a lightning outfield.  The onslaught continued until Paul managed to tangle one of the whippets up resulting in a regulation catch to Richard at square leg.  Three wickets down and perhaps we could now apply the brakes as the late-running David Stead appeared at the boundary.  Not quite …… Dave replaced Paul and was treated with the same disdain as our selection of less frequently used bowlers at the opposite end – Nick, Jeremy, our borrowed player Jim Morison (don’t you love him madly) and Tom.  Amongst the carnage Dave picked up a couple of wickets including a good catch above his head by Adam.  Your correspondent was despondent when one of Dave’s deliveries was hammered so hard by top scorer Jarvo (84 unbeaten) it appeared to still be rising as it cleared the boundary and into the upper reaches of a splendid Scots Pine.

Whippets   164-5

Paul Brasted   4 overs   0 maidens   29 runs   3 wickets
Lord Fakenham   4 – 0 – 39 – 0
David Stead    4 – 0 – 42 – 2
Nick Duckett   1 – 0 – 18 – 0
Jim Morison   1 – 0 – 11 – 0
Jeremy Gostick   1 – 0 – 14 – 0
Tom Monahan   1 – 0 – 10 – 0

The Gardeners had a mixed first over.  In between slamming two straight boundaries Fakenham called Jeff for a run then sent him back a bit too late meaning that Jeff was out for a duck without facing a ball.  Fakenham will now be hiding behind post boxes or telephone kiosks if he spots Jeff in the street for the next couple of weeks.  Tom joined Fakenham and coped with some very fast and accurate Whippets bowling before being run out for 4.  (Not His Lordship’s fault this time – an excellent piece of fielding).  Jim Morison rode on the storm for a few balls before being bowled for 3 shortly followed by Fakenham caught in the deep for 25 (which he’d like to give 12 of to Jeff).

Dave came in and played a quality innings, featuring a splendid straight six off “Beyonce” Knowles.  Like Beyonce, Dave is Crazy In Love these days but remained calm at the crease.  Adam played a dashing innings of 20 with shots all around the ground before being bowled.  The remaining Gardeners offered little resistance (me especially with 0) then Nick (4), Jeremy and Paul joining Jeff and I in the “club de canard” (practising my French for my holiday next week).  Dave remained unbeaten on 36.

Gardeners   105 all out  lost by 59 runs

Lord Fakenham   caught   25
Jeff Round   run out   0
Tom Monahan   run out   4
Jim Morison   bowled   3
David Stead   not out   36
Adam Wood   bowled   20
Richard Higginbottom   caught   0
Nick Duckett   caught   4
Jeremy Gostick   caught   0
Paul Brasted   bowled   0

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