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July 28, 2008 League vs Vauxhall Cavaliers Won by 24 runs
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Dance to victory: AK Southey shows how to follow through                                      Photo: Philip Barrass
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A reluctant hero

By Philip Barrass

MoM, moi?! No, come now, the others played a part. I can't take all the credit. I mean, man of the match - again!

And now they're clamouring for me to write it up - they don't think anybody else could do it justice. Guys, guys, come on! Don't do yourselves down. How can I sum up a game in which I was (once more - doh!) man of the match?

OK, if you all insist. I'll tell you what - I'll write it as a neutral observer, and please try to forget any match-winning performances that I may be associated with (yes you can!).

Here we go, then.

The game started in bright evening sun. AK Southey joined Fred Barrass at the crease. AK is a strong boy, it’s true, and got a few runs from top edges here and there. But the eye was drawn to his partner, driving, pulling and glancing as though built by master craftsmen from mercury.

But that’s not fair, you cry! The lad has his father’s genes – what do you expect? Yes, but he has to apply them. Hey! Still not fair! His father coached him from the day he could walk! No wonder he has such style, such panache, such grace!

But enough – the boy must also follow his father and not let these things go to his head. Had the Fallopians enough runs? They had by the time the founder (yes, I nearly said it, but there’s no ‘I’ in founder!!) had powered his first ball over the head of cover, and shepherded the Crapstone Hopper to his personal best of 7. Those last few balls really put the OFs out of reach of any pursuing Vauxhalls.

How was the OF’s bowling? I really wanted to gloss over this, but how do you hide a 4-wicket haul? Statistics speak the truth, and it has to be admitted that the founder’s bowling (I managed it again!) utterly bamboozled the opposition, right down to stepping aside from a simple return catch to avoid the 5-for – come on, it wouldn’t be fair to the others to dominate quite that much.

A word for the skipper, Jonathan Stebbins. Nice effort! It is to be expected that the team would look to the founder (hat-trick!) for reassurance and the final subtle field placings, but Jonathan should not feel bad about that. Another 10 years and they’ll look to you, Jono!

And so the match was won. And best of all? It was a real team effort.

But who built the team, I hear you cry? Now now, that’s just being mischievous!

(See also report on League website)

Tight squeeze: (Rear L-R) AK Southey, Simon Hemelryk, Joe Swift; (Front L-R) Matt Asquith, Jonathan Stebbins, Philip Barrass, Alistair Bayliss     Photo: Freddie Barrass

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Old Fallopians 157-3 (16 overs)
Vauxhall Cavaliers 133 all out (16 overs)
Old Fallopians win by 24 runs
Old Fallopians
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
Freddie Barrass stumped Giles 40   2
AK Southey retired   55 1 9
Matt Asquith bowled Dan 25   3
Jonathan Stebbins bowled Alex 5    
Philip Barrass not out   3    
Simon Hemelryk not out   7    
Extras (nb 2, w 5, b 6, lb 6) 17    


Alistair Bayliss and Joe Swift did not bat
  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Alex 4 0 33 1
Callum 3 0 36 0
Dan 4 0 35 1
Jo 4 0 40 0
Giles 1 0 14 1
Vauxhall Cavaliers
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
Joe     37    
Callum not out   36    
Dan     22    
Extras (nb , w , b , lb )      


  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Asquith 3 0 21 1
Stebbins 3 0 30 0
Barrass P 4 0 25 4
Southey 1 0 6 0
Swift 2 0 22 0
Bayliss 3 0 30 0


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