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July 19, 2008 Friendly vs Mermaids Won by 1 run

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Historic victors: (standing L-R) Tim Castle, John Shaw, Ed Paleit, Robert Press, Simon Hemelryk, Philip Barrass, Justin Roy, Mark Venables; (sitting L-R) David Sultanti, Peter Frisby, AK Southey.
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Played at Wadham College Ground, Oxford

By Simon Hemelrk (wicketkeeper)

It is appropriate, is it not, that one of Wadham College's most famous alumni is Michael Foot? The former Labour leader's career had many parallels with the Old Fallopians.

Some said he was too old, some that his dress sense was poor and made him look foolish (Peter), others pointed out that he needed to walk with a stick. And the veteran politician also had one of his best victories whilst at Wadham College
when he was elected to Parliament in 1935, still a student, aged just 22.

The Old Fallopians' Wadham triumph came this Sunday in a performance that left the form book not just upset but positively pre-menstrual. No one could have expected the Old Fallopians, even whilst boosted by the illustrious presence of such names as Roy, Paleit, Southey and Venables to triumph over those mythical, fishy titans the Mermaids.

But, like plucky Michael Foot in those pre-war days of ladies ankles and gentlemen's excuse-mes, triumph we did.

How? Why? Here's how/why:

We batted first.

Roy, J (South Africa) A bumptious, pinch-hitting 13.
Venables, M (girlfriend's central London flat) Classy. Should have got more than 27, but a solid start to the innings.
Paleit, E (Oxfordshire) A correct, well-paced 35. Included several "leaves" that drew oohs from the crowd.
Press, R (The City) When this man drops anchor, said anchor has been dropped. Steady support. 6 off 108 balls.
Barrass, P (Vaudeville) Fast-paced, thrilling 51. Widow Twanky gives it some spanky. Arguably ran out Paleit, however. Oh yes he did. Oh no he didn't. We may never get answers. Certainly shouldn't have been given run out himself. A bearded travesty. 
AK Southey (Hyundai Getz) Your perfect number 6. Gave it some humpty for a well-timed 24.
Hemelryk, S (Crapstone, near Yelverton, Devon) Has had training at the Oval recently. A fact lost on him and everyone watching when he gets to the crease. A needless 3.
Castle, T (Tufnell Park) Bumped it around a bit. Pulled his hamstring, as usual. 4
Frisby, P (Up-and-coming Hackney) A fine splatt of a late-innings knock. 10.
Sultanti, D (Planet Rock) Another good ball-spraying, late-on. 7.

Then, we bowled.

And they knocked it around effortlessly. Nothing too much wrong with the bowling. They just dug in and concentrated.

After 30 overs they were winning easily. Then, with all of around 20 needed and five wickets remaining, it was time to unleash AK "Step it up! Step it up!" Southey.

First he spins out a man who hadn't shaved, but was very nice to talk to during the tea interval. Then, their best batsmen, whose glasses masked a flashing talent, was run out, followed by AK taking another.

John "I can remember when all this was volcanoes" Shaw chipped in with one more. Four wickets gone, but only two needed.

We can't win this, can we? Let's all crowd round the bat and see.

LBW Southey! We can.

Our first ever victory against the Mermaids. Fin-tastic.

The beer match after wasn't much to write home about, so I shan't.


Plucky losers: The Mermaids
Mark Venables
Grand vista: Mark Venables limbers up before opening the innings   Photo: Tim Castle

 

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Old Fallopians 192-9 (40 overs)
Mermaids 191 (33.4 overs)
Old Fallopians won by 1 run

Beer match:
Mermaids 94-2 (10 overs)
Old Fallopians 72-6 (10 overs)

Mermaids won by 22 runs
Old Fallopians
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
Mark Venables bowled Ross 27   5
Justin Roy ct Hussey 13   2
Ed Paleit run out   35   5
Robert Press bowled Jeffrey 6    
Philip Barrass run out   51 1 5
AK Southey lbw Hussey 24   4
Tim Castle bowled Hussey 4    
Peter Frisby ct keeper Hussey 10   1
David Sultanti not out   7   1
Extras (w 4, b 5, lb 6) 15    

Total

192    
FoW: 1-32, 2-58, 3-81, 4-112, 5-165, 6-167, 7-174, 8-181, 9-192
John Shaw did not bat
  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
McDonald 7 3 8 0
Hussey 8 0 60 5
Jeffrey 8 2 20 1
Ross 8 0 31 1
Taylor 4 0 28 0
Binder 2 0 16 0
Matt 3 0 12 0
Mermaids
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
J Wilkie ct Southey Frisby 6   1
P Ashby ct Paleit Frisby 34   6
Karl Binder bowled Frisby 26 1 5
S Taylor ct Paleit Roy 24   2
M Jeffrey not out   30   3
M McDonald run out   41   6
T Simpson bowled Southey 4    
D Matt bowled Southey 0    
D Hussey bowled Shaw 0    
D Cross lbw Southey 0    
Extras (w 10, nb 5, b 11) 26    

Total

191    
1-14, 2-68, 3-107, 4-109, 5-169, 6-187, 7-187, 8-188, 9-191
  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Paleit 5 0 23 0
Frisby 8 0 43 3
Shaw 5 0 20 1
Roy 5 0 25 1
Venables 4 0 41 0
Sultanti 2 0 25 0
Southey 4.4 1 7 3

Beer match: Mermaids
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
D Cross stumped Hemelryk Shaw 28   4
D Hussey not out   30   1
D Matt ct Sultanti 23    
Extras (w 9, b 4) 13    

Total

94    
FoW: 1-53
  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Castle 1 0 7 0
Barrass 1 0 14 0
Press 1 0 6 0
Roy 1 0 11 0
Frisby 1 0 9 0
Shaw 1 0 7 1
Paleit 1 0 11 0
Venables 1 0 10 0
Southey 1 0 6 0
Sultanti 1 0 9 1
Beer match: Old Fallopians
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
John Shaw ct & bowled Cross 22   4
David Sultanti bowled Ashby 1    
Peter Frisby bowled Binder 7   1
Tim Castle bowled Jeffrey 5   1
Simon Hemelryk lbw bowler 8 5    
AK Southey not out   19 1 1
Philip Barrass caught bowler 9 6   1
Robert Press not out   4    
Extras (w 2, nb 1) 3    

Total

72    
  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Simpson 1 0 3 0
Ashby 1 0 5 1
Wilkie 1 0 15 0
Binder 1 0 7 1
Matt 1 0 8 0
Cross 1 0 1 1
Jeffrey 1 0 6 1
bowler 8 1 0 7 1
bowler 9 1 0 8 1
bowler 10 1 0 13 0

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