|May 5, 2009||Friendly vs The Shakespeare||Won by 3 wickets|
Sun shines on season
Played at Springfield Park, Hackney
By Rafe Smallman (Captain)
This was a game in which every Old Fallopian played their part in
ensuring their first win over Shakespeare in the five years the two
teams have been playing.
This accuracy was maintained throughout the thirty overs, with all 8 bowlers asking questions of the batsmen, from the pace of Tim Castle to the flight of Will Hopson-Hill.
At no point did the batsmen look comfortable and the Old
Fallopians were able to prevent any big partnership building by
taking regular wickets. Shakespeare ended up scoring 127 runs, a
total that seemed comfortable to chase.
Two good innings by Jonathen Stebbins and Greg Clifford brought
the Old Fallopians close to the finishing line, but it needed Nick
Clarke's calm defense to ensure they crossed it without biting off
all their finger nails.
[The evening was rounded off with drinks by the canal at the Anchor & Hope, with the temperature dropping in the waterside breeze - Ed]
John Shaw adds:
O Captain My Captain (and of course Tim,-- Mate, not Cabin
I wouldn't normally give a toss about press bias and inaccuracies, but the publication with such alacrity of my miserable midweek bowling figures coupled with my best weekend efforts for quite some time make it vital for my self-esteem to so do.
A slightly more careful check on the original scorebook
figures than the hasty totalling possible at the time reveals not
the pretty good 5-0-9-2 but an even more cheering
Bill Frindall spins at the injustice as I write but it seems unlikely that history, once printed, will be altered to take account of truth. And no, it is no consolation to be quietly pleased and then be ribbed later.
However.....Great Captaincying, Excellent Interwebsitemanaging and finally - Buff Tea, Bro' (as we old Bearded Wonders used to say) must now become- Buff Tea, Jo.
[We've corrected the score - Ed]
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