|June 27, 2005||League vs Vic Park Juniors||Lost by 1 run|
Young bloods have their day
This was the game when the Fallopians went from Old to Ancient, perhaps even to Extinct.
We were the old dogs who couldn't be taught new tricks, while our youthful opponents scurried and scrambled and somehow got the better of us.
In a symbolic rite of passage, with two generations of Barrasses skippering opposing teams, it was the the young pretender Freddie who stole the crown of the Fallopians' aging monarch Philip.
There were moments of brilliance from the Fallopians, including a Hemelryk one-handed catch at square leg and a calm one-handed caught and bowled from Stebbins.
But too many balls slipped between legs on the way to the boundary as the young ones feasted on some overgenerous Fallopian bowling.
Batting in the chase, Stebbins struck another undefeated half century, and captain Barrass Snr was 41 not out.
But with 17 needed off the last over the tired legs of the skipper and the Ginsters-sponsored Hemelryk couldn't get back for vital second runs.
It was left for John Shaw to come in on the last ball with ten still required (see postscript below), a mountain too high to climb for even that wily warrior.
POSTSCRIPT: Historians reviewing the match have discovered sufficient anomalies in the scoring to suggest the Old Fallopians runs were underreported during the match (they were told they needed 40 to win off 4 overs). Had they been aware of their true score they might have won.
VP Juniors chief John Challinor said: "If the real scores had been known the last three overs would have been played differently and probably resulted in victory for the Old Fallopians."
Victoria Park Juniors 132 - 4 (16 overs)
Old Fallopians 131 - 3 (16 overs)
|Victoria Park Juniors won by 1 run|
|Victoria Park Juniors|
|Charlie Challinor||not out||35||2|
|Geoffrey Challinor||ct & bowled||Stebbins||22||1||4|
|Joe L||run out||0|
|Extras (w 12, b 6, lb 2)||20|
|Joe F did not bat|
|Philip Barrass||not out||41||6|
|Paul Hosking||ct & bowled||Dennis||5||1|
|John Shaw||not out||1|
|Extras (w 7, nb 8, lb 2)||17|
|Kit Wright and Tom Browne did not bat|
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