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June 18, 2008 Cup vs League of Ordinary Gentlemen Won by 108 runs
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Everyone wants to be in the picture when the Fallopians win: (standing L-R: League President Bert Vandermark, Tariq's sons, Tariq, Freddie Barrass, Zac Curtis (in stripes), Colin Michael (obscured), Peter Frisby, Rafe Smallman, Man with moustache, Jonathan Stebbins (capt); (squatting L-R) Rob Watts, AK Southey     
Picture by Tim Castle

A country mile

By Philip Barrass

So this is how it is. All that waiting and wondering. Would it be as good as it seems? Would we look on the other team as all other teams have looked on us? Would it hurt?

In the end it was so simple, so normal. No fuss, no mess, just victory. No, not just victory, but victory by 108 runs. A country mile, Blowers might have said. And Zac Curtis? A kicking horse in full pomp, arm like a phaser set to kill (horse? centaur, perhaps).

No matter that Freddie Barrass ran himself out, that Rafe Smallman and Tariq missed straight balls. AK Southey bashed robustly and we had ONE HUNDRED AND EIIIIIIIIIGHTEEEEE!!!!

There was something familiar about the League of Ordinary Gentlemen. Pleasant, good-natured people, a few very decent players, others with a little work to do on technique. Something of the OFs about them, I thought – nice name, too.

The finish was so sweet, so unexpected. Rafe lobbed down his looping fizzers, bowled with the action of a man fitting an awkward duvet cover. Twice in succession the recipients were bamboozled, twice AK behind the stumps leapt for the kill. The third left Rafe’s hand, heading mysteriously for the embryonic Olympic Village behind third man.

A deliberate wide to avoid being centre of attention – that’s the kind of man he is. The fourth was grooved, bewildering, and lobbed politely back to the bowler.

And that was that.

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Old Fallopians 180-4 (16 overs)
The League of Ordinary Gentlemen 72 (11.4 overs)
Old Fallopians win by 108 runs
Old Fallopians
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
Freddie Barrass run out   7    
Zac Curtis retired   53 2 8
Rafe Smallman bowled Darsha 8   1
Jonathan Stebbins (c) ct Jinks Hancock 11   2
Tariq bowled Hancock 18   3
AK Southey (+) not out   49 1 6
Rob Watts not out   4    
Extras (nb 3, w 18, b 4, lb 5) 30    

Total

180    
Fow: 1-34, 2-48, 3-109, 4-126. Run rate: 49 (4 overs), 109 (8), 147 (12), 180 (16)
Peter Frisby did not bat
  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Dignan 4 0 37 0
Darsha 4 0 44 1
Hancock 4 0 49 2
Jinks 4 0 34 0
The League of Ordinary Gentlemen
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
Jinks ct Southey Frisby 2    
Maru run out   15   1
Tagg run out   0    
Dignan not out   37 1 3
Darsha run out   2    
Scanlon ct Southey Smallman 3    
Hancock stumped Smallman 0    
Tuck ct & bowled Smallman 0    
Extras (nb 1, w 5, b 4, lb 3) 13    

Total

72    
Fow: 1-9, 2-9, 3-42, 4-64, 5-71, 6-71, 7-72. Run rate: 24 (4 overs), 48 (8), 72 (11.4)
  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Tariq 4 0 19 0
Frisby 4 0 26 1
Watts 2 0 6 0
Smallman 1.4 0 14 3

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