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After recent rain the excellent Bank of England pitch had a bit more moisture in it than usual and after winning the toss I still decided to bat as there was the prospect of a long afternoon at the crease as we were playing a timed game. Matt and Mike Berry opened and scored some quick runs getting 8 and 17 respectively. John Bishop came to the crease in the 4th over and was to remain there until we were all out in the 45th over for 135 - 35 not out in 112 balls, Geoffrey would have been proud. How John didn't run anybody out until the last ball defies belief but in the meantime Vijay scored a quickfire 32 but only Chris Mountain (12), after arriving at 4pm, (I thought it was an evening game doh), made it into double figures - ducks for the debutant Kanani, Gigg, Varghese (lbw off an inside edge!) and the unlucky Konrad - run out without facing. The Bank had three youngsters who all bowled extremely well.
Tea was excellent as ever with plenty of scones and jam.
In reply Konrad took a wicket off his last ball - it was never going to get better than that so I took him off and despite only needing 4 an over it was proving difficult to score boundaries over the lush outfield. Dan excelled in his seven overs taking 3-13 with Vijay taking an excellent catch at deep mid on and Roy, Vijay and Vishal chipping in with a wicket each. A sharp run out by yours truly and it was 100-8. However, despite Mike's best efforts in the penultimate over, two very sharp chances to Dan and Roy in the slips, the Bank's innings ended at 121-8 off 37 overs so a very decent draw with credit to John for making a game of it.
Team: Gigg (capt), Conway, Berry, Bishop, Anand, Mountain, Vanani, Varghese, Konrad, Forman.
EDITOR'S FOOTNOTE: This was Superstars' first draw since 2003 (against FSA Devils). There have been four in the history of the club.
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Author: Barry "show some respect for the skipper" Gigg.
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