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June 6, 2008 Friendly vs Old Wimbledonians Lost by 135 runs

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Never there

Some are born captains, some achieve captaincy and some have captaincy thrust upon them, writes Russell Balkind.

The captaincy (and the responsibility to write this long overdue match report) were thrust upon me on a Friday afternoon, which gave me a whole two days to perfect my "adjusting the field after every ball" hand gestures. (In case you're wondering, turn your hands skywards, raise your index and middle fingers as if beckoning a small dog and then turn the palm to the fielder in question indicating that he should stop).

Sunday duly arrived and the sleepless night I'd endured the night before deciding whether I should bat or bowl was for naught as I lost the toss and the Fallopians were asked to field.

I plumped for experience first up and John Shaw and Peter Frisby opened the bowling in what were very sticky conditions. The ball nipped around but the Wimbledonian batsmen remained unbeaten at drinks on around 95-0 off 18 overs.

After drinks The Fallopians turned to spin with AK Southey bowling very nicely if not taking a wicket. We needed a wicket and we needed it badly. Roy found some swing and Tennant had two catches dropped off his bowling. To counter the mixture of resolute defence and massive hitting that the Wimbledonian openers were offering, I decided to bring myself on to bowl and after beating Irvine with my first bowl was promptly smashed round the park.

The first wicket eventually fell on 185 when Ungerer was bowled by Frisby for 139. There was then a flurry of wickets as John Shaw picked up a couple of wickets and the Old Wimbledonians closed for 226-3.

Despite my eternal optimism, the Fallopians weren't really in the match. Though Jonny Hall batted very nicely on debut, the Wimbledonian opening bowlers had the measure of the Fallopian top order with Warwick taking 3-10 in his 7 overs in a supreme display of old-fashioned seam bowling.

The only other resistance came from Southey and Roy with 29 and 13 respectively. Records show that nine of the Fallopian batsmen departed bowled which leads the captain to question his team's technique if not their dedication and enthusiasm.

P.S. There were 6 fours and 1 six in the Fallopian innings. I do not have a detailed enough record of the OW innings to know about sixes and fours. Suffice it to say that there were loads.
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Old Wimbledonians 226-3
Old Fallopians 91
Old Wimbledonians won by 135 runs
Old Wimbledonians
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
Ungerer bowled Frisby 139    
Irvine ct Hemelryk Shaw 44    
Mackayee not out   17    
Cumming bowled Shaw 8    
Caplin not out   3    
Extras  15    


  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Shaw 7 0 29 2
Frisby 7 0 31 1
Southey 7 3 35 0
Roy 4 0 33 0
Tennant 4 0 38 0
Balkind 2 0 25 0
Clarke 2 0 13 0
Rowson 2 0 21 0
Old Fallopians
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
Hall bowled Warwick 26    
Peter Rowson bowled Warwick 5    
Nick Clarke bowled Warwick 2    
Robert Press bowled Rolls 0    
AK Southey bowled Cumming 29    
Justin Roy bowled Rolls 13    
Simon Hemelryk bowled Cumming 1    
Will Tennant bowled Cummings 2    
Russell Balkind ct Skids Beale 1    
Peter Frisby bowled Cummings 0    
John Shaw not out   0    
Extras  12    


  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Spencer 5 2 11 0
Warwick 7 2 10 3
Rolls 6 0 33 2
Beale 3 1 17 1
Cummings 3 1 9 2
Cumming 3 0 6 2

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