Goughy joins Sully Centurions
- (author Richie)
A breezy, but dry, Sully ground was the welcome for the Casuals
'fixture bureau' Sunday game. Sully Centurions offering to
afford us an additional fixture against them this season.
After losing the toss and being put to field we opened with
an all out Andy attack. Hood with the top end allowing him
to amble down the hill and Furnham at the channel end with
the uphill struggle. Winky bowling a tight opening spell without
success returning figures of 4-0-8-0 and Furnham Jnr bowling
though his 8 with fine figures of 8-1-32-2 (Ct & Bwld
and Ct Furnham Snr). Andy was unlucky not to take another
wicket during his spell when some knob (me!) dropped one,
lucky for us it wasn't an important drop as we got him some
thirty overs later!
To assist Furnham Jnr at the other end for his last 4 overs
Jeff C made a belated entry onto the scene this season and
was unfortunate to see one put down during his first spell
rewarding him with 4-0-28-0.
73 for 2 off 16
All change at the end of the 16th over with Bagpuss replacing
JC at the top end and Muff coming in Andy's place (so to speak).
Both bowlers completed their full quota of 8 overs without
success (Baggy 8-0-40-0 / Muff 8-1-42-0) but both equally
unlucky not to be rewarded with each going very close to taking
a wicket several times. Goughy cursing his luck behind the
stumps when realising he had done the hard work by taking
one of Mark's twiddlers only to then miss the stumping - he
laughs about it now but not at the time.
155 for 2 off 32
This brought Andy H back at the top end with JC supporting
from the basement to complete the final 8 overs between them
- Winky finishing with figures of 4-0-36-0 (match figures
8-0-44-0) and JC 4-0-26-2 [Bwld and Stmp] (match figures 8-0-54-2).
Goughy's stumping removing their number 3 batsman for a fine
137 - and I dropped him on 10 - and he didn't even thank me!
Around the 35th over Baggy broke the stand of around 140
with a bizarre slow motion run out.
Close - 222 for 5 off 40. Extras - 7 (B 1; W 1; LB 5)
With a formidable but not insurmountable total to chase Furnham
Snr and Sir G set out to build a solid foundation. However,
a firmer base was required after losing JF (Ct 3) in the third
over [4 for 1].
Will joined Simon and both batsmen proceeded to play 'cricket'
in a hitherto this season un-casual like manner, stroking
the ball to all areas of the field and majestically surpassing
a fifty partnership before Will was bowled for 23 [71 for
2] bringing Steve O to the crease.
Having pummelled his son in a water pistol fight prior to
seizing his bat and gloves he was obviously in the right frame
of mind - equally pummelling the ball to the boundary for
4 off his first ball faced (as only Steve can!).
With Simon continuing where he had left off and Steve more
than holding his own another partnership blossomed and again
soon passed the fifty mark and then some more before Steve
finally misjudged the straight one falling for 20 [141 for
Muff joined Simon and between them they talked as only they
can (and indeed as they are the only ones who can understand
one another) but it must have worked as they carried on where
the previous two partnerships had left off. The score rattling
along to 205 with both players placing the ball where they
pleased before again a straight one accounted for Muff - bowled
for 18 [205 for 4].
I was up next and with Goughy instructing me that we were
to see it through to the finish I tried to clip one round
the corner only to miss it and be plumb LBW for 2 [218 for
Fitzy following me to the pavilion without scoring (caught)
[219 for 6] leaving Baggy (4 not out) to accompany Sir Simon
(116 not out) to the finish.
225 for 6 off 35.5 overs Extras - 39 (NB 3; B 12; W 18; LB
Another exciting win over Sully Centurions with an all round
contribution from the team which included a superb unbeaten
116 from SSG which Srini would have been proud of - I think
a few of thought he looked VERY un-casual like during his
innings - I know Baggy did!
Excellent game played in a very good spirit.
Played 11 Won 4 Lost 7 (3 cancelled)