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There is a short list of sights around the world that are so exciting, so charming, so inspiring that one simply has to see them at least once in a lifetime. That list probably includes the Mona Lisa at La Louvre, the Taj Mahal and Maidstone on a Saturday night. We can now add to this list STEVE MEYLER WICKET KEEPING. This particular sight is more common than Haley's Comet but isn't exactly a daily occurrence so those who were present at the Abbey Rec on Thursday 1st June 2017 were treated to something that may never be seen again. Anyway Paul, back in the team after illness/holiday/rain, skippered the side and won the toss. We fielded. Steve looked apprehensive but he need not have been, taking the ball cleanly on regular occasions and taking a diving catch in front of where 1st slip would have been to an edge off guesting Khalid. There were only 5 byes and my memory suggests all of these were due to generosity of umpiring regarding legside wides. James Hemingway was also thankful to Steve for taking a catch to a ball awkwardly spinning in the air. James took a second wicket safely caught by debutant Aaron Harris. Superstars gave eight of their ten players a bowl (Gary, Khalid, Harris, Boulby, Bishop, Anand, Hemmingway and Arru) with everyone doing well in the face of a barrage of excellent batting and I don't recall a dropped catch. Bricklayers Arms made 152-3 in a 10-a-side match.
Superstars never really looked in contention for the runs but battled well against good bowling (mainly from the same guys who'd batted well). Khalid and Vijay both reached retirement at 25, Arru and Gary were pretty close and Guy and Paul chipped in with some useful runs. Steve opted to bat at number 10 to focus on wicket keeping - I believe he's hoping to take his new calling further and represent a proud new independent Welsh cricket side in international cricket - and was the only player to not get the chance to bat. We ended on 115 or so in a creditable effort. A decent effort given we had four players on Friday and had a few irregular players as a result.
Team: Gaught (capt), Bishop, Plahe, Anand, Arru, Khalid, Hemingway, Harris, Boulby, S.Meyler.
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Author: Paul "i was there, getting t-shirts printed" Gaught.
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