The One With Great Bowling


2007-06-03. Won by 1 wicket 

By Matt King


@ Old Merchant Tailors 

Result – Pretenders: 114 all out in 36.4 overs, The Mighty Fishers: 115 for 9 from 30 overs. 

This was a bowling display of some distinction by Fishers. Had we not been there wouldn’t have believed that it was us. Had our batting matched it we would have been home in time for Songs of Praise; as it was we made things harder than necessary and missed all the good hymns. 

To put our bowling into context, Christie Phillips (player in exile) made a guest appearance (late as ever) and had the ‘worst’ bowling figures. That is, of course, if you can call 17-2 off 7 (with 3 maidens) in anyway ‘bad’. 

It was just very good, very tight, very un-Fisher-like bowling all the way through. Dave and Walmsleyeyey and were the tightest pair of openers since Brabantia launched the MagiCan 3000 back in the 80’s. 

Once Walmsleyey trapped the no.1 for 3 early on we could sense it would be our day. Matt took a catch in the slips to give Weyey his second wicket. Their third wicket partnership made some runs before being bowled by Bungle and Christie respectively. 

Bungle and Si both bowled well, picking up wickets and keeping the runs down. Reevo polished the innings off with a wicket on his fourth ball. 

Apart from bowling really well, our fielding was actually tip-top too. Yes, that’s right, that’s not a mis-print…..we fielded well. We took three catches, leapt and dived for everything (with some particularly good work from Ethan) and Magnet even took one on the shin for the team. 

Tea: traditional (7/10) 

On the batting front ten of us found runs hard to come by and Ethan just made it look easy. Dawko and Coxy (ask him about his potential double-barreled name) gave us a steady start against a strong attack that saw one opener bowl four maidens in a row. 

The first wicket fell for 11 and then Ethan stepped to the crease to form a 45 partnership before Dawko was out for 13. Everyone else made a few runs, but no-one made a lot. It was getting tight. I think a good summary of how things were developing was when Matt (umpiring) said to Chris as Si joined him at the crease “Hey, they think they’re doing ok, but they don’t realize that our best batsman is coming in at 7”. Si was promptly out for a duck. 

Obviously, the man you want coming in at no.10 when you need just a couple to win off ten or so overs is someone reliable and steady, someone who won’t do anything rash, someone who won’t thrash for glory. Enter Bungle. Exit Bungle. 

The scores were tied and we had ten overs to get a winning run. Was it ever in doubt……of course it was. 

Basically, this was a top bowling and fielding performance and one to be proud of. As for batting? Well, with the exception of Ethan (and maybe Dawko and Walmsleyey) then the less said the better. 

Man Of The Match: Walmsleyeyeyeyey for excellent figures 8-3-16-2 and a more than handy 11 runs….oh and a catch. 

Quote Of The Day:

Matt “MINE!”……nuff said.