By Richard Higginbottom
Up to Parliament Hill for a post-work T20. Nick loses the toss and we’re put into bat. Paul J’s back and finding all parts of his bat apart from the middle whilst Lord Fakenham settles quickly and we put on 36 until Bob strikes to have Paul caught for 13. Bob’s taken 3 overs to find a deadly line and length and now he’s on fire, removing Nick first ball and then Keshan two balls later for a devastating spell of 3-18 that puts Woodstock in charge. Kalpesh takes over from Bob and accounts for Jason in his first over and we’re 42 for 4. Sachith and Madhu fight back in good style in a 49 run stand until Kalpesh – who’d been put to the sword by Sachith in his final over – gets revenge as Darren took the catch off the last ball of his spell. Biju and Madhu built on the good work and were peppering the boundary (two sixes from Biju) until Kevin stopped the jollity by castling Biju. Madhu retired on 33, then Stuart thundered some big shots until locating Kalpesh at Deep Point off Kevin for 16. Tim didn’t have time to pad up for the final ball, kept his legs out of the way and belted a 4 off the last delivery to set a challenging target.
Salmagundi Gardeners 149 for 7 off 20 overs Amesbury b Kalpesh 25 Jordan c Stuart b Bob 13 Duckett b Bob 0 Dickwella b Bob 0 Dassanayake c Darren b Kalpesh 22 Soman retired 33 Prashant b Kevin 25 Bruce c Kalpesh b Kevin 16 Higginbottom not out 0 Clamp not out 4 Anderson did not bat Extras 11 Woodstock O M R W Bob 4 1 18 3 Lorne 4 0 20 0 Kalpesh 4 0 32 2 Sunil 3 0 20 0 Kevin 3 0 29 2 Noel 2 0 23 0
Mike’s making his debut so we gave him the honour of opening the bowling. And Kalpesh obviously had a train to catch as he carted into everything. “It stays hit” the King Of The Night Time World observed. Tim’s bowling some tidy stuff at the other end and is difficult to get away. Pretty soon Kalpesh reached the retirement target of 30 and we brought on Stuart whose first over was good as the Woodstock Wonder Bob settled in. Next over and it’s hammer-time as the big man cut loose, not managing to collar Tim but then taking three fours off Stuart. Tim’s tight spell ended and Sachith was introduced as Stuart was replaced by Madhu. Bob’s now back in the hutch and Sunil is playing some lovely square-of-the-wicket strokes to continue Woodstock’s impressive progress. In the meantime we reintroduce Stuart who bowls a classy over, bowling out Kevin and only conceding 3 runs. Madhu bowled pretty well apart from a shocker of an lbw appeal that hit the batsman ‘in line’. Unfortunately for him the ball would have missed the stumps by another set because of the angle of delivery. Apparently this is a grey area. No it’s not – if it ain’t hitting the stumps, forget everything else – not out. Apologies to Woodstock – but they found it pretty amusing so no harm done. Sunil retires but we’re nearly out of the game now; lets try to get another wicket … here’s Lord Fakenham. Sunil lifts one straight to Madhu … who gives a half-hearted one handed attempt at a catch – turns out he’s using his iPhone to check the LBW law. Stuart goes ballistic. The baronet is lost for words. Richard shakes his head. Worst cricket incident of the year? Next ball Alex puts us out of our misery. Well played Woodstock.
Woodstock 153 for 1 off 16.3 overs Kalpesh retired 33 Kevin b Bruce 9 Bob retired 30 Darren not out 20 Sunil retired 30 Alex not out 4 Extras 7 Salmagundi Gardeners O M R W Anderson 2 0 26 0 Clamp 4 0 17 0 Bruce 3 0 20 1 Dassanayake 4 0 36 0 Soman 3 0 18 0 Amesbury 0.3 0 8 0
WOODSTOCK WON BY 9 WICKETS