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Sept 3, 2006 Friendly vs Pimlico Strollers Won by 5* wickets

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They beat Pimlico Strollers: (standing L-R) Adam Stainton, Nick Clarke, Justin Roy, David Sultanti, John Shaw, Mike Leighton, (kneeling L-R) James Nunn, Ed Paleit (capt), Tim Castle        Picture: Adam Castle

Ed Paleit writes:

The moral of this story is, if the opposing team offer you a local player they haven’t seen before, and he turns out to be middle-aged, leathery-faced, with a soft smile, and answers quietly, ‘yes I can bowl’ if asked if he can, and ‘yes I can bat’, if queried about that – then take him.

Especially if he sands his bat before going in. ‘My guess is, you will never hear of him again’ as Kizer Sozay said of himself.

Returning to their old North London hunting grounds – a mere spitting distance from Highgate CC – an under-strength* Old Fallopians side were asked to field.

The weather was blustery and clear, the outfield quick and uneven, the pitch good but slow. At one end, an Alpine descent to the wicket made the fast bowlers lick their chops; a mountainous clamber to the other, into the wind, served to remind the less speedy that it’s a batsman’s game.

Lack of fielders and some dashing strokeplay from Holmes (28) saw Pimlico Strollers off to a rapid start: 72 for 1 off 10 overs.

Opening bowlers Roy (7-0-33-0) and Nunn (6-0-42-2), on debut, bowled unluckily; Clarke made some great saves behind the stumps as the ball jagged erratically off the seam.

The batsmen were then reined in by line and length bowling from Shaw (5-1-27-0) and a cluster of cheap wickets for Paleit (5-2-7-4).

Shaw was unlucky not to hold on to two howitzers which left him fielding with an ice pack on his hands.

Pimlico’s lower order then staged a gradual recovery, built around Lucarotti’s hockey-style shot-making – he was eventually well caught by Stainton off Nunn for 23 – and a thoughtful 45 from their youngest player, Ward.

The score began to escalate, despite the cunning flighters of Castle (4-0-25-2). With the fortuitous late arrival of one of Pimlico’s best bats, it looked like their last wicket stand might prove their best.

Enter the enigmatic Mike Leighton, the willing local hitherto rudely parked in the outfield. He snared Ward lbw with his first ball and Strollers were all out for 184.

Fallopians’ reply began with a stutter, both openers looking comfortable but misjudging the pace of the wicket.

From then on everything seemed remarkably under control. Fine aggressive knocks were played by the impressive Leighton (51, 2 x 6 and 7 x 4) and later Shaw (29*, 7 x 4), whose strike rate of about 200% owed a lot to being called a ‘rabbit’ by Pimlico’s excitable teenager.

Paleit (68*, 14 x 4) provided the sheet-anchor role, adding 119 with Leighton for the third wicket, although he did stake a late claim for the season’s Inzamam trophy by running out Sultanti without scoring.

Every piece of silver has a cloudy lining (or something like that)!

* (Fallopians batted one short (we had nine, one player would have batted twice)

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Pimlico Strollers 184 (27.1 overs)
Old Fallopians 187-4 (27.3 overs)
Old Fallopians win by 5* wickets
Pimlico Strollers
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
Holmes bowled Paleit 28   6
Deavin bowled Nunn 14 1 2
Morgan ct Shaw Paleit 9   1
Richardson bowled Paleit 1    
Lucarotti ct Stainton Nunn 23 1 3
Sean Garvey bowled Paleit 0    
Mike Ward lbw Leighton 45   8
Singh bowled Castle 4   1
Jake Jackson not out   2    
Sean Garvey (2) bowled Castle 4   1
Extras (nb 6, w 9, b 31, lb 8) 54    

Total

184    
Sean Garvey batted twice
  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Roy 7 0 33 0
Nunn 6 0 42 2
Paleit 5 2 7 4
Shaw 5 1 27 0
Castle 4 0 25 2
Leighton 0.1 0 0 1
Old Fallopians
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
Nick Clarke ct Garvey Jackson 4   1
Adam Stainton bowled Jackson 8   2
Mike Leighton ct Holmes Singh 51 2 7
Ed Paleit (capt) not out   68   14
David Sultanti run out   0    
John Shaw not out   29   7
Extras (nb 4, w 11, b 12) 27    
Total 187    
Tim Castle, Justin Roy and James Nunn did not bat (OF two men short)
  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Jackson 7 1 34 2
Holmes 7 0 55 0
Ward 7 0 44 0
Deavin 3 0 24 0
Singh 3.3 0 19 1

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