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3rds vs Twickenham - There's a hedgehog on the pitch, they think it's all over. It is now!

" Beware Twickenham. There is nothing more dangerous than a wounded animal"

 

So ended last week's blog. This clarion call to the team proved prophetic on 2 levels. Firstly, on the metaphorical level, soundly beating the opposition (bowling them for 91 and then getting it without losing a wicket). But it also bore relevance on a literal level, as upon arrival, fielding at mid on was the carcass of a wounded (well, dead) hedgehog. Being a player down we reasoned it could be our 11th man, before sense prevailed and it was given a proper burial at sea (ditch next to the boundary).

 

CECC won the toss, and despite flashbacks to last week, stuck with our modus operandus and bowled first. Joe bowled tightly with bounce and menace and picked up 1 of their openers, Moni was a bit more wayward. On came Hemant and continued from last week, taking 3 wickets including 2 in a row, the first of which was accompanied by entirely accurate retort "You don't leave those". Twickenham then rallied (a bit) and their no.5 clubbed Nickiel whenever he dropped short, at drinks they were 85-5. Then in a collapse strangely reminiscent of something that happened recently.......what was it?........no, it's gone, Twickenham finished losing their last 5 wickets for 6 runs. The reasons, well Nickiel exacted his revenge on the biffer and ended with 2 more, and enter stage left Mr Kishore Vara. Moving the ball sideways (his words), he picked up 3 wickets and that was that.

 

Oh that's right we collapsed last week spectacularly, I knew it sounded familiar, anyway. CECC opened with Rajen and Kishore, and this week did what we should have done last week and finished the job professionally. Both carried their bats to 41 and 44 not out respectively, and in 21 overs the game was over. As an interesting aside, we think that we have stumbled on a sure fire omen for victory - whenever Moni is due to go in next, we don't lose a wicket. This was true at MTSCC when he was at 4, and again this week batting at 3. The audible ripping of pads being removed with 10 runs to win almost cried out 'When will I bat?'. Unfortunately this week there were no Moni shots (that one's for DJ).

 

A truly professional perfomance to get ourselves back on track. In addition to those already named, I should also mention:

1) Simon's first 2 catches of the season.

2) Joe nearly starting another fight with the oppo.

3) Liam's mate Jack subbing for the hedgehog and looking damn impressive also with 2 catches.

4) Hemant making a fantastic observation which I said I would include in this report but for the life of me can't remember what it was (Hemant if you read this add it in comments).

5) Kishore nearly wiping out the oppo skipper in our warm up with an errant shot.

6) Kishore again for twisting his body round twice before falling over, attempting a sweep. (Ever the professional made sure his bat was grounded)

7) Joe again for foolishly betting against me on the pronunciation of Moni's name.

and finally

8) Richard, who after the first delivery of the Twickenham innings realised something was amiss. Oh yes, forgot to put his keeper pads on!

 

Next up our ever genial hosts Perivale. Must remember to bring the sawdust. (3rd XI joke, please refer to Andrew's match report last season for explanation).

Views: 83

Comment by Simon Tanner on May 31, 2011 at 9:33

It was just like the mid 90s, Rajen at Gulley and Kishore diving around.

 

We're equal top after Indian Gym mysteriously lost and Hanwell drew.

Comment by Simon Tanner on May 31, 2011 at 16:24

Here's Twickenham's take from their website.......

 

1st innings

T’s lost the toss and was put into bat first. This was an innings to forget as the T’s were 92- All Out. Ben Aldworth had a positive start but did not manage to elaborate from there. Andy Burden crafted a delightful 30 and Nakul Vishvanath put on a courageous innings of 17 to support Andy. The innings also included a duck from James Richards (Mark Johnson told me to give this a special mention).

2nd innings

The T’s did not manage to get a break through despite a hard effort from Dassani, Fordham and James Richards. Both batsmen took their time to reach to the final total. I would like to praise my boys for their efforts on the field. Everyone through themselves at the ball and also the spirit was good as ever. We never once put our heads down and kept fighting till the end which is simply the Twickenham way.

Skippers Top 5 Players

  1. Andy Burden- 5 player points
  2. Nakul Vishvanath- 4 player points
  3. James Richards- 3 player points
  4. Alex Fordham – 2 player points
  5. Ben Aldworth- 1 player point

Thanks for coming- James Richards!

Jonty Moment- This was one of the most promising aspects of the game as Tom Davies, Alex Fordham, the skipper, Harmeet, Crouchy, Dancey all threw themselves on the field to save runs!

Monty Moment- Harmeet Singh…..Singh is normally King but today Singh is QUEEN!

Jonno Cockney Column: ABSOULOUTELY ORRENDOUS! THE FIF TAME ARE ALL MONKS AND DIABOLICAL!  I ATE THAT INAY….WHEN I C IM IM KICK IS ED IN! ALL A BUNCH OF DISGRACE. THIS TAME CAN ONLY GET WORSE WITH UZZI KHAN AND ENDO RETURNING TO THE SIDE. MYT AVE 2 GET ME BOY SAM IN THE SIDE   E WILL SHOW THESE MONKS OW 2 PLAY CRIKIT.  MY OLIDIEEE IN BOGNAAARR IS RUINED  COS OF THESE PONYS… INAY SHOULD JAS GO PLAY TAPE BALL CRICKIT WITH THE BRUVAS IN THE TOILET STREETS OF LEICESTER  AND SAME APPLIES 2 THAT ARMEET BUT SOUTHALL!  IM GONNA GO DRINK A PINT OF STELLA 2 DROWN ME SORROWS….ORRENDOUS!
Comment by Robert Russell on May 31, 2011 at 16:48
Similiar to my report then.
Comment by Peter Tollington on June 2, 2011 at 11:41

"toilet streets of Leicester"?

hmm, may i bowl at the author sometime please?

Comment by Simon Tanner on June 2, 2011 at 11:44

Not sure who the Jonno author is but whenever I've read it it is always absolutely hilarious - those Twickenham boys are sooooo funny (not).

 

Worth noting that the skipper kicked the ball back into play and claimed it hadn't gone for a 4 when our view suggested it clearly had.

Comment by Simon Tanner on June 2, 2011 at 11:48
But I don't remember these things - like that annoying GWR skipper who wanted to be Michael Vaughn, like the 2 runs for the no shot by MTSSC, where does it end.....anarchy that's where.  We'll soon see this beautiful game accepting millions from dodgy financiers artlifted by helicopter onto the Lords pitch - mark my words that's where it leads to!

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