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May 18, 2008 Friendly vs USAF Won

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By Rafe Smallman

Having arrived late I am unsure if we won or lost the toss; however on arriving we were batting. The Old Fallopian batsmen flourished against some inexperienced bowling, scoring at over 8 an over with the top four all passing 30 runs, with Pete top scoring with a retired 50.

Chris had kindly volunteered to play for USAF and bowled nicely to keep the run rate down. Inexplicably, Will then also decided to bowl for them, getting the treatment that kind of decision deserved, however he did create some chances which the fielders were unable to take. I guess figures of 0-36 off three overs probably don't do him justice!

Then followed an interesting cameo from Russell, who was unfortunate to only get one run from the ten balls he faced before being bowled. The lower order chipped in to take the total to an immpresive 221 of 30 overs.

Incidentally, arriving late meant some of us were uninformed that the match was 30 overs a side. In particulatr, our newest tea lady had quite a shock when told that the players were coming off the field.

However, as I have come to learn, she was able to perform a miracle in the kitchen to ensure a delicious tea on time!

It was then our turn to bowl. With David and John bowling a ferocious line and length the USAF didn't stand a chance, and it was soon obvious that batting was not the forte of the USAF. However they tried manfully (and womanfully) to guard there wicket and potential was certainly on show. USAF were given the chance to bat again, and every Fallopian got to bowl.

If memory serves me correctly, the only person not to take a wicket was Pete, however it seems he was more concerned in nailing down the slip position as his own, taking two fine catches.

To summarise: a most enjoyable time on a lovely pitch against a friendly team. What more could you want!

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