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Ken Block Trophy
v DARTFORD HARRIERS, 25 JULY 2002
Superstars won by 49 runs
Well what can you say about a team of athletes taking on a cricket team and giving them a run for their money, Fantastic. The day started with bright sunshine but by the time the match started quite a few broken clouds had moved across the sky. The match started 30 minutes late, due mainly to the late arrival of most of our team and the non-appearence of John Kraushnaar, but when it did start Mike and Gary Walton opened the bowling to great effect restricting the oppenents to only 12 runs off the first eight overs and taking two wickets between them. However that was the end of our wicket taking for the day, as the opposition batting settled in for a long and fruitfull set of batting partnerships.
Scores of 52, 51, 47, 18 all followed from 4 batsmen each retiring after our bowling attack went from bad to bad. Two catches were dropped in the field and another reasonable chance showed the inexperience of the fielder concerned as he made a very lame attempt probably not wanting to hurt his hands. The arrival of a motorcycle courier 4 hours late added confusion to the bowling at one point. The batting finished with the score at 208 for 2 and we enjoyed a well earned tea after some good and some very funny fielding (Richard stepping on the ball being the funniest).
J Marchant 6-0-50-0 [Ed Note: Oh dear Jason!]
Now as everyone knew from last year batting is not our thing so when Gary Walton and Mark Harris went out to the crease we were expecting a quick return to the pavillion. So it was a great surprise when the first wicket didnít fall until the fourth ball of the seventh over, Mark being bowled for 20 all of his scoring coming from boundaries.
Stani came in and immediately showed his intent by taking a single off his third ball then hitting a glorious four off his fifth ball, but he was bowled when he had got to eight. Mike Walton came out to join his brother in the middle but both were undone by the bowler 14 year old, M Bentall. Gary hitting a ball like a rocket straight into the waiting hands of the Short Mid-On fielder and Mike clean bowled from a ball that nipped back onto his off stump, both leaving the field during the same over.
That bought Richard Nash and Jason Marchant to the crease. Richard scored a couple well hit fours before skying a ball to the best fielder on the pitch who took a difficult catch that brought Andy Wilson out to bat. Andy, playing a good supporting role, was leaving the main batting to Jason by pushing singles to get him on strike as Jason seemed to dealing comfortably with the bowling. A mix up following what looked like a quick single left Andy struggling to get back to the non-striking end and he was unluckily run out. That brought his brother Steve to the crease. Steve played a very attacking innings before his middle stump was knocked out of position by the ball as he tried to smash the ball back over the bowlers head. Richard Pooley came to the crease and ensured the most profitable partnership of the innings, 38 runs, before he was bowled by the oppositions best bowler from a very fast ball that he admitted he never even saw.
With the oppostions best bowler bowling a terrific pace it was only going to be a matter of time before the innings was over. Alex Cooper was trying his best to prop up one end leaving Jason to score the runs. Jason Marchant hit a four to get a well deserved half century only for the next ball he faced to remove his off stump, once again he never saw the ball. He had been batting since the end of the 13th over (ball 5) with the score at 55-4 to the end of the 34th over (ball 6) leaving the field with the score on 152-9 a total of 21.1 overs. With Jason gone Andy Wilson thankfully got a second chance to have a bat. With only 18 balls left of the innings Andy was bowled bring the innings to an end for an incredible total of 159 all out.With such an improvement it seems only probable that next year we shall win. Bring it on.
J Marchant 9 Fours Bowled Gundry 53 [Ed Note: That's a lot of edges Jason!]
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