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Wednesday 29th May, 2.30pm 4.30pm start.
Bank of England Ground, Roehampton.
Timed match t20 match, drizzly evening.
Possibly the last year at this great ground?.
Superstars arrived at the beautiful Bank ground for what may be the last season. to Caribbean weather. Unfortunately it was Guyanan weather. Luckily the groundsman seemed keen to get cricket played and so after a 5 star Varghese Tea Rating early tea and a pause in the rain it was agreed that instead of a timed game we'd sneak in a t20 match.
Amazingly Barry won the toss and he decided to have a bowl in seamer-friendly conditions. Alas with the late withdrawals of Singh and Plahe the seam bowling cupboard looked pretty bare. Vijay opened the bowling and took a wicket in his first over, caught by Rob Reeve at cover. John Bishop, who has good bowling history at this ground, opened from the other end and kept things under control with a tidy 3-0-21-0. With the pitch clearly drying to resembled Galle on the 5th day of a Test Barry introduced spin twins Rob R and Rick. Bank had just started to get slightly on top but Meyler took a good catch (considering the, now returned, rain) that prompted a flurry of wickets including a magnificent running, over the shoulder catch by Jack off Rob's bowling. Superstars had applied to break (Rick 4-0-15-2, Rob 4-0-19-1) and even though two of the middle order reached retirements the likes of Mark W (3-0-20-0), Jack (2-0-23-0) and the returning Vijay (4-0-18-2, including getting Pav with a sharp c&b) ensured they never really got away. Bank ended on a mathematically friendly 120 for 5 and Superstars felt happy with their work although with the weather it felt difficult to judge how good a score that was.
Gaught and Conway opened up and had a strange partnership where runs came in bursts but there were long spells of dot balls too as Gaught (especially) missed the ball on numerous occasions. Matt (22 retired) was the first to leave the crease after a sickening top edge into his chin which required a trip to A&E. A bit of a collapse followed with Gaught (21), Kinnard (2, to a wonderful Yorker), Lovell (1) and Gigg (2) all departed. The run rate had been allowed to drift up and although Meyler (21) hit some cracking shots including a four that was so well timed that Swiss watchmakers have accepted it as a new gold standard and JB (15) ran hard we had left Vijay (22no) and Rick (1no) too much to do. We lost by 8 runs in the end against a good side but it felt a missed opportunity to secure a rare win against the Bank.

Author: Paul Gaught

Team: Gigg (c, wkt), Gaught, Conway, Kinnard, Lovell, Meyler, Bishop, Anand, Smith, Reeve, Williams.
1 / 6
The early scene
2 / 6
Cricket tea porn
3 / 6
Cricket tea porn
4 / 6
Bravely getting on with it
5 / 6
Bravely getting on with it
6 / 6
Matt's evening

Notable drop: Given the rain I think it would be harsh to highlight Mark's drop
Notable catch: Jack's running over the shoulder catch will be in the reckoning at the end of the season, especially considering the rain.
Comedy Moment: Despite some true comedians playing I don't recall anything comedy happening.
Stat: nothing i'm aware of.
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