Played at Parliament Hill
By Rafe Smallman (skipper)
Is there a better feeling than remembering there are a few
cricket games left of the season following the August break -
probably, but it still felt good to be playing again. And this game
against the Old Ranwellians proved quite a tustle and another one
that went down to the wire.
The Ranwellians decided to bat on what turned out to be a good pitch
with a fast outfield. They started well, with some aggresive shots
against a Fallopians team not bowling at their best. The batsmen
proved to be vocal, and when they opposition started laughing as the
score hit 69, it told us all we needed to know.
And yet the Fallopians were unable to maintain the control with
the ball we have come accustomed to. While we were able to strangle
their number three for a large part of the innings, their batsmen at
the other end were able to take them to a score of 235 after 35
overs, a score that appeared to be very competitive.
A wonderful tea managed to revive a slightly defalated fallopians
team and it was with renewed vigour that they went out to bat.
However, amongst the poor balls, the Ranwellians were able to put in
enough good ones to take three early wickets to leave the Fallopians
in a precarious position. Mark Venables and Matt Wales steadied the
ship and started to up the pace of the scoring, all the while
frustrating the Ranwellians with dogged defence (Mark) and
unorthodox hitting (Matt).
Yet when Matt W fell we still required 150 ish runs in about 17
overs. Matt Asquith joined Mark and immediately looked ready for the
challenge. The partnership started to knock of the runs with shots
all around the park, and the Fallopians went from feeling an
impending doom, to a slight chance, to a possibility, to a distinct
probability of winning.
And with the scoring of runs at more than the required rate,
another miracle - the quieteneing of the fielders, and even better -
the start of any number of dropped catches. This was a monumemtal
change of momentum through a partnership that probably will not be
bettered by the Fallopians this year.
By the time Matt Asquith fell, the job was all but done - giving
Simon the chance to get his 3rd (4th?) golden duck of the year
before Jon Idle saw us home with Mark, who remained unmoved and
With one game to go, can we make it 7 wins for the season - surely
history of some sort is being made!
|The finger: Jon Idle takes aim as John Shaw waits in
Photo: Tim Castle