Verulam Dads 10 May 17

SJFCC 133/7 (20 overs)
Verulam Dads 135/2 (18 overs)
Top performers:
T Hargreaves – 27 runs
D Boxer – 27 runs
J Sasi – 24 runs
D Hoskins – 8 runs (3 more than Watson), 1 catch
The Verulamium Park Pitch – 7 wickets
Perfect British cricketing weather prevailed this week, crisp air and beautiful bright sunshine that was annoying for anyone trying to see a cricket ball. VD won the toss and inserted Fishers, who largely struggled to cope with a lack of pace from the VD bowlers and inconsistent bounce from the pitch. From one end violent bouncers were dished out by the slooow orthodox leftie, and from the other difficult skiddy balls were fired in by the sloooow right arm. And then the bounce swapped. And then again. Up and down like a Nursey euphemism. Three players were able to cope with the conditions, which was enough to reach what felt like a decent total. The VD batsmen were clearly more used to playing on pitches like this, although Fishers’ bowlers began in a miserly fashion. Jack Boughton opened with a maiden over (his brother Lewis bettering that with a wicket maiden in his first) and only 34 runs were taken from the first 8 overs. The new ball was swinging, as were the batsmen, and all looked good. But a failure to take wickets proved to be costly, as VD settled into a rhythm. The bounce seemed to even out, or maybe the additional pace negated the pitch, and only one further wicket was taken as Stu opened his campaign to retain the Best Bowler trophy. In the end a combination of extras and bad balls helped VD on their way to a comfortable victory.
For the statisticians among you there were again no ducks, but two dropped catches this time. An analysis of Fishers’ batting scores shows the following averages:
mean = 10
median = 5
mode = 2
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