And so the 50/50 over format takes a break and we settled into playing our first 100 over/time game of the 2009 season. After an exhausting drive through London we finally all made it to Alleyn and Honor Oak thinking there had to be rain at some point during the afternoon. The pitch was well covered and the field hard, so when I won the toss I decided we would have a bat.
To our absolute amazement a 7” West Indian came loping in of the side screen and due to the fact that 2/3rds of his arm were above the side screen (my excuse and I am sticking with it, I am sure Ian agrees!) unfortunately made a mess of my stumps and Ian’s. With our hiccup firmly out the way Jan and Toby continued their good form, Jan getting out just after his 50 to yet another looping full toss, we are seriously concerned that word might get out that the better you bowl to Jan the better he plays, bowl a pie with some gravy and peas at him and he will gift you his wicket, but in saying that yet another score from the big man. Toby is also fighting exceptionally hard to ensure he always gets out just before his 50 and with back to back 40's we need him to start making those bigger scores. With our second hiccup in the bag, Roger White finally decided to knuckle down and stabilised our innings with a well played 60. At 214 and 53 over’s I called the boys in and we set out at defending our total.
With the changed format Damo and I took the old ball and even though their openers managed a quick start, we each bagged an opener and brought on the new ball boys of Digby and Shazad. In a twist neither was really able to capture a wicket but bowled really well to keep the oppositions run rate well in check. Ian bowled a superb spell snagging some vital wickets and teaming up with Mr Honey taking a great catch. With Damo using his guile as per always we had the opposition 7 down, and then the inevitable sound of the shutter doors. With our openers bowling great lines and lengths they were just never going to get their run rate up. It’s sad that the format allows for this but we should have taken more of our chances with once again some catches going to the deck. So with 4 points and a winning draw we showered and had a quick beer with the opposition before making our long journey home.
Man of the match was Roger White for his 60.
Our opposition and their spectators were friendly and I must admit having a good day, in spite of the weather and the format. Here is wishing them luck as they travel to our infamous and outspoken neighbours, Valley End.
We once again journey into London to play Southern Railway and with mixed results against them last year it would be nice to keep on our “winning” ways.
Cheers for now,
Ryan Pogson (1st XI Captain)