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3rds vs Uxbridge - Ux Bridging The Gap

The day started well. The sun was shining, everyone turned up on time, and Simon was even wearing a shirt I would describe as 'passable'. And in cricketing terms I won the toss and we bowled.

Ricardo and Symon started steadily, with the latter picking up an early wicket. Dave replaced Ricardo to start an epic 15 over stint, but at drinks Uxbridge were handily placed at 82 for 1. Enter the alice band and enter Patrick in a stint that would change the game, taking 3 wickets and ripping out the top order. After that it was rather a procession: Twins came, twins went. Wayne Larkins lookalike came, Wayne Larkins lookalike went. Attempted switch hitter after 3 balls came, attempted switch hitter after 3 balls went. Dave bagged 2, and Ravi mopped up the tail finishing with figures of 2.4-2-0-4. Uxbridge 126 ao.

Tea was surprising on 2 counts. 1) It was on time. And 2) It was quite nice.

By this point Matt had come along to lend his skipperly wisdom and show off his 'minor' injury. As had Sanjay, who had come along to cheer us on and piss against a tree. With news of Highgate beating Lohana, we knew there could be no mistakes. The response was perfect. Ravi (34) and Asif (11) set the platform, and Darren (41 no) and Keith (16 no) saw us home with overs to spare. CECC 127 for 2. 10 points.

Other highlights of the innings would include:

- Ricardo offering 'relief' to anyone in the team.

- Darren and Keith reducing the term 'running' to 'moderate walking'

- Mark realising that his addition at 2nd slip had taken the cordon of him, Keith, Darren and Dave over 200 years old. This was then qualified by working out an 11 year old would have had the same effect.

and

- ST disappearing into the bushes, thrashing around, desperately trying to gain some satisfaction ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

in finding a lost ball.

And so in a game we couldn't lose, we didn't. We won and we won convincingly. Last week's disappointment at Kenton replaced by redemption at Uxbridge. This Saturday against Highgate, redemption must, in turn, become realisation.

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