Played at Crouch End
This second Sunday in May 2010 saw not only a hung parliament but
also a comprehensive victory for the Old Fallopians, two events as
rare as each other. And while our parliament may not remain hung for
much longer, the Fallopians victories are sure to continue following
The fine display hinged on two good opening partnerships, firstly
with the bat and then with the ball.
Peter Ford and Rafe Smallman were the two to get the Fallopians off
to a good score. After a few early scares they settled nicely, and
didn't look like there were going to get out until Rafe fell with
the score on 86. After a short wobble the Fallopians dominance
resumed, with Peter making a fine 80 on debut, and Darren Tempany
adding a quick fire 90.
Darren and Matthew Asquith's innings was reminisent of the recent
20/20 World Cup, with a partnership of 90ish of 50ish balls, giving
the impetus the innings needed at the latter stages. A score of 261
was certainly a fine achievment from the team. Of course, the only
talking point was the fact that Rafe managed to score a six, and
landed it on the tin roof of the pavilion!
A score of 261 looked like it would be enough to win this game, even
with the short boundaries, and the opening bowlers, Matt Asquith and
Peter Frisby, ensured that was the case. With not one bad ball (from
what I recall) and three opening wickets, they ensured the result
was inevitable from the outset, if a little elongated. Some good
catches and a cameo display from Jon Holland (4-12) ensured that the
Old Fallopians could march in to their next game full of confidence.
And what could beat such a comprehensive victory? Well, one thing.
The next day a scan showed that the captains wife is pregrant! Now
that certainly beats hitting a cricket ball onto a tin roof!
-- Rafe Smallman
The following comments were received by email:
Is this the first recorded case of immaculate conception brought
about by a rare Old Fallopian victory? Could it be something in the
My congratulations to all, er, involved.
Well done, Rafe!
and congrats from me Rafe and well done on the cricket victory.
I believed every word of this match report..... right up until I
read the words "Rafe" and "hit a six" in the same sentence.
Rafe, well done! Did you hit a six? I only saw you once hitting
a six or was it a 1 bounce 4. Congrats with the scan.
Rafe sent Jo down a googly, it turned and stuck and now she's
expecting a special delivery.
I'm an idiot