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July 18, 2009 Friendly vs Mermaids Lost by 123 runs

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Bowed but not cowed: Standing L-R: Tim Castle, Tony Simpson, David Sultanti, Fred Shaw, John Shaw, Peter Frisby, Rafe Smallman; Kneeling L-R: Jim Hendry, Nick Clarke, Jon Idle, Matt Wales        Picture: Jo Smallman
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Double humbled

Played at Wadham College Ground, Oxford

By Jon Idle

Creators of sporting blunder videos could have made a ‘Risible run-outs’ compilation entirely from one July afternoon in Oxford. There was the basic “Yes!”/”No!” (Idle, Wales); there was the “Selfless dash in a hopeless cause” (Frisby and, I think, Hendry); there was the “Easy single – so easy that he almost ran two while his partner stood still” (Clarke); and there was the “He’s dropped me, so surely he can’t pick it up and get it to the stumps in time” (Wilkie, of Mermaids – at least the opposition joined in).

These were sprinkled through a pleasant afternoon which saw Old Fallopians hardly compete once the game found its pattern. Mermaids batted first and gradually increased from 3½ an over to around 5, whilst Old Fallopians failed to take the necessary wickets.

Sultanti danced the twist – or was he stamping out cigarette butts? – whilst the ball fizzed past his waist for a couple of boundaries. An inexperienced Fred Shaw nobly joined dad to make the numbers up but wasn’t the only bowler to be expensive in the wides department. In fact much bowling was accurate and on a reasonable length, but the pitch was delightfully true and a joy to bat on.

Without playing at all badly we faced a large total, and embarrassingly we had relied heavily on a borrowed player to help with two wickets and a catch.

He was also our second top scorer once we batted. Which brings me to Rafe Smallman, who top-scored as a batsman with a well-deserved 54. Oh, yes, he made sure he was the top scorer. The two run-outs he was guilty of were made worse by the impression that the two people he ran out looked quite likely to smack the ball a long way – albeit with a hint of baseball in the style – and build a total. On the other hand, their performance in the beer match exonerates Smallman - they were quite capable of getting themselves out pretty quickly without any help.

So we quickly fell behind the run-rate and once wickets started to fall our main task was to get as close as we could, which in the end wasn’t very close. So we had plenty of time for a ten-over beer match, this time batting first. But again, no partnership lasted long enough to put us in a strong position and, after making 45 all out, the game was up within a couple of solid overs of Mermaids’ reply.

Double winners: The Mermaids                                                Picture: Tim Castle
Long march: John Shaw walks from the crease                               Photo: Jo Smallman

 

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Mermaids 212-6 (40 overs)
Old Fallopians 91 (32.1 overs)
Mermaids won by more than 100

Beer match (8-ball overs):
Old Fallopians 45
(8.4 overs)
Mermaids 47-2 (7.6 overs)

Mermaids won by 7 wickets
Mermaids
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
M Jeffrey bowled Simpson 65   6
P Ashley ct Idle Sultanti 10   1
N Blinco ct Sultanti F Shaw 63   8
J Hendry not out   25   1
J Wilkie run out (Idle) 2    
S Taylor ct Simpson J Shaw 16   1
D Malt bowled Simpson 6   1
Extras (w 20, b 4, lb 1) 27    

Total

212    
FoW: 1-24, 2-56, 3-169, 4-173, 5-197, 6-212
T Shields, D Hussey and D Cross did not bat
  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Castle 2 0 7 0
Sultanti 8 0 35 1
J Shaw 7 0 34 1
Clarke 5 0 38 0
Smallman 5 0 25 0
Idle 6 0 28 0
F Shaw 2 0 14 1
Simpson 5 0 27 2
Old Fallopians
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
Rafe Smallman ct Shields Blinco 54   3
Tony Simpson ct Jeffrey Cross 10   1
Peter Frisby bowled Hussey 7   1
Jon Idle run out   6   1
Fred Shaw ct Blinco Shields 5    
John Shaw bowled Taylor 1    
Nick Clarke ct Malt Shields 0    
Matt Wales run out   2    
David Sultanti ct Hussey Jeffries 4    
Tim Castle not out   0    
Extras (1 nb, 1 lb ) 2    

Total

91    
 
  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Cross 7 1 23 1
Hussey 6 1 15 1
Shields 7 1 15 2
Malt 3 0 11 0
Taylor 4 1 6 1
Jeffries 3.1 0 9 2
Blinco 2 0 11 0

Beer match: Old Fallopians
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
Tim Castle bowled Simpson 1    
David Sultanti bowled Simpson 5   1
Matt Wales ct & bowled Simpson 0    
Nick Clarke run out   8    
John Shaw caught Simpson 6    
Fred Shaw caught Ashby 0    
Jon Idle stumped Ashby 7   1
Peter Frisby run out   4    
Jim Hendry run out   4    
Rafe Smallman not out   2    
Extras (w 4, nb 4) 87    

Total

45    
 
(8-ball overs) Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Cross 2 0 14 0
Simpson 2 0 7 4
Malt 1 0 3 0
Ashby 2 0 13 0
Taylor 1.4 0 12 1
Beer match: Mermaids
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
Cross bowled Idle 3    
Hussey ct Clarke Sultanti 22   2
Shields not out   8    
Malt not out   6    
Extras (w 6, b 1, lb 1) 8    

Total

47    
  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Idle 2 0 16 1
Castle 2 0 15 0
J Shaw 2 0 8 0
Sultanti 1.6 0 6 1

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