Nine men enough to
Played at Parliament Hill
By Rafe Smallman
Was this the best Old Fallopians victory in modern history?
Probably not, but it felt good to win so comprehensively with only 9
men. How we got to nine men wasn't so glorious, with the captain
confusing his Matts and some last minute ducking out ensuring we
would have to play very well to come close to winning. And how the
team stood uo to the task, playing with skill and control throughout
the 5 hours of cricket; the only big mistake being the terrible
decision by our umpire to give Will Hopson-Hill out! (It would
have hit the stumps ... but, yes, it did pitch on leg! - TC)
So how do you go about winning with only 9 men:
1. A century opening partnership is a good start; Rafe Smallman and
Charlie Davis giving the start to the Fallopians innings a sense of
calm and swift accumulation, with Rafe again passing the 50 mark.
2. A swift 49 from your debut batsman. Andy hit the ball to all
parts as the bowling of Woodstock started to tire, being ably
supported throughout by the rest of the batting line-up.
3. A wonderful tea. I think I would be right in saying this was Jo's
best tea to date. Can she go even further next week?
4. An accurate hostile opening bowling partnership. Ben Taylor and
Peter Frisby rarely gave their batsmen a chance to score a run,
taking 2 wickets in the first ten overs at less than three runs an
5. Accurate bowling from everyone else! This was also provided, with
Tim Castle, Charlie, Will and Angus Dawson never letting the batsmen
get any rythym.
6. Excellent fielding. Did the fielders make any mistakes? Very few,
and we even had a stumping from Simon Hemelryk, who was tidy
throughout behind the stumps.
7. Great catching. Angus snafflled one, Simon caught an edge, but
the final word must go to Charlie, whose diving lunge at gully
(pictured above) swung the 'Man of the Match' award in his
It was a performance to warm the hearts of Fallopians everywhere,
and long may it continue. I've probably overdone this a bit, but I
really enjoyed it yesterday and want you all to know!
P.S. At thhis point I was going to have a small rant about people
pulling out of playing at the last minute, but since we won, I'll
|Nine victors: (standing L-R) Will Hopson-Hill, Ben
Taylor, Angus Dawson, Peter Frisby, Tim Castle; (sitting L-R)
Charlie Davis, Simon Hemelryk, Andy Huckle, Rafe Smallman.
Photo: Adam Castle
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