Played at Totteridge
After a batting display which started brightly - a solid opening
partnership between messrs Matt Gow and Rafe Smallman - featuring
some exquisite drives and cuts from the flashing blade of Gow, the
Fallopians contrived to collapse to what appeared a paltry total of
119 all out.
This was also assisted largely by a late display of straight
hitting from AK Southey, which brought the score to something
bordering on defendable. It should be noted that one opposition
bowler in particular found zip and accuracy which bamboozled the
Fallopian batsmen to the tune of 7 wickets!
However, what appeared likely to be a formality for the home side
proved nothing of the sort. Excellent opening spells from both
Southey and Idle pegged back the home side and slowed the scoring,
and it wasn't until their number 3 batsman got his eye in that a
serious challenge was mounted to the 119.
Numerous chances were created, but luck seemed to be going
against us. This included a dramatic spill by skipper Smallman at
cover to a swirling chance which seemed to hang in the air for an
The luck turned after the batsman holed out and notable spells by
John Shaw - an exceedingly economical 7 overs at less than 2 per
over - and the skipper himself once again put the pressure back on
the chasing home side.
With the light beginning to fail and the field surrounding the
tail end batsmen, the game was in the balance, but a stout ninth
wicket partnership halted progress through the opposition lineup and
the game was up when a run out chance was narrowly missed and 120
To come back from such adversity after our innings however showed
great team spirit and fight, which can surely be taken forward into
the Fallopians' final match of the season!
-- Will Hopson-Hill