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On an overcast but dry day in glorious Kent, the garden of England, Superstars took on Dartford Harriers in the annual cricket tea eating contest. There was also the small aside of a cricket match.
With two Superstars captains present at the toss I understand the coin hovered in mid-air unable to land either way as this would allow one of them to win the toss - it was negotiated that Superstars would bat first. After some good opening bowling had removed the rarely present this season Gaught (4) Walker (27) and Spencer (43) recovered the innings and put us in a decent position. However the almost traditional "Stone Crossing Collapse" followed leaving our less athletic than the opposition (not for the first time) line up at a precarious 103-6. The list of shame was Conway, Anand and Abigail. Luckily Superstars had a hero in their midst and Alok Singh started slowly but bludgened his way to 54 not out. Alongside him Barry Gigg nudged his way to 28 not out. The 101 put on by those two and Rhys Meyler (1) for the 7th wicket was a NEW SUPERSTARS RECORD FOR THE 7TH WICKET and the first time 100 had been added for that wicket. Steve Meyler picked up a hapless duck in the end of innings ridiculousness. Superstars ended on a very reasonable 210 from their 35 overs.
As always the tea was fantastic. This time Mary took the main credit. Thank you as always Mary.
We grudginly headed out after food, much prefering to eat more, to field. It was a tough start and although Alok sneaked a wicket or two Dartford set up a big partnership and were looking good. Time for some tactical genius and Barry showed it by introducing Will Walker's seamers and the much under-used spin of Paul Gaught. The key wicket and point of note of the whole match was PAUL'S 7TH CAREER WICKET, dismissing one of the key betters stumped by Gigg. Alok returned to clear up the tail (another 5 wicket haul for surely Superstars' greatest ever bowler) and alongside a run out (I suspect), there were useful contributions from Rhys Meyler and Richard Abigail (showing spin was underused in the match). The scorebook doesn't say who got Jason out but i'm guessing it was Alok. Well done Alok! In the end Superstars sneaked it by 18 runs.
We returned to the Bull pub to enjoy chat and a few beers. It appears Jason has a big birthday coming up - happy 65th Jason.
Bowling Figures: Singh 6-1-17-5, Anand 6-0-40-0, Conway 6-0-39-0, Walker 6-0-45-1, Gaught 3-0-17-1, Meyler (R) 2-0-15-0, Abigail 1-0-8-2.
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