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v DWP, 3TH MAY 2017
Our first game of the 2017 regular season was hosted at Chiswick and saw Superstars take on the formidable DWP. However as the team, including three debutants (Ingle, Batten and Hemingway) the prospects of play seemed unlikely as rain draw in. However there was a pause and despite our resident expert saying "I drought it" when asked if we'd get a game in Barry won the toss (an unbelievable 3/3) and elected to bat. Gaught and Conway headed out in slippery conditions but after 6 overs play in an 18 over match the rain was too much and surely, everyone thought, the bar and some IPL entertainment would be the recipe for the evening. Those bet against one thing, Lord Barry Gigg. Despite it still raining he insisted conditions were ok (althought it's noticable he had himself low down the order) so we all headed out. Gaught struggled to hit the ball against good bowling in the tough conditions but suddenly hit 4, 4 and 6 in successive deliveries to retire. Conway also retired in more a conventional manner. Richard Smith I (bowled for 8), Batten (16no) and Ingle (run out 19 off penulatimate ball) continued the batting in a solid manner and Superstars ended with a respectable 113 in 18 overs that was not adjusted by the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method or the John Kettley method. With the ridiculous conditions it was difficult to know if this was a good score but it was a target at the very least.
Varghese and Richard Smith I opened the bowling with both bowling good spells, Smith miserely and Varghese gaining the only wickets (4-0-22-2) of the innings in a fine spell. The experienced Bishop (3-0-20-0) and debutant Hemingway (an unfair 3-0-28-0 with his leg spin) kept Superstars in the game but DWP looked to have enough batting to just about get these runs. Lord Gigg turned to Ingle (2-0-19-0) and COnway (2-0-8-0) ensured the game went to a final over but the returning Smith (3.1-0-12-0) was unable to bowl a maiden to bring home a tie. There were, understandably given the wet ball and conditions, dropped catches but i don't think any of them would warrant mention at the Worst Drop of the Season Award [especially given a couple I saw on tour! - Ed].
Team: Gigg (capt), Spencer-Bickle, Bishop, R.Smith I, Warren (wkt), Gaught, Conway, Batten, Ingle, Varghese, Hemingway.
Game picture
Game picture
Author: Paul "soaking" Gaught.
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