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v FCO, 2ND JUNE 2017
Still acting as skipper, Adam won the toss again and elected to field again. The Grenfell Tower response had caused some selection difficulties, but Superstars’ 10 men put in a strong performance in the field. Harish With Mike’s success earlier in the week, the wrist spin of James Hemingway was introduced early. After a loose first over, James got into the groove, picking up 2 wickets for 19 in his 3 overs. At the other end Gary was keeping things very tight, bowling 2 maidens and picking up a wicket in his 4-2-13-1. FCO’s number 8 (Sal) came to the crease with their innings in the balance and promptly hit his first ball straight back over the bowler’s head for 4. With one man short in the field, it was difficult to plug all the gaps but a combination of Guy, Aaron, James Hewlett and the returning openers made sure that FCO could only post a run-a-ball 120-5 in their 20 overs.
With a bit of a lack of out-and-out batsmen in the team, James Hewlett (4) and Mark Williams (2) stepped in to the top of the order and contributed to steady partnerships that saw Superstars keep pace with the rate. Adam tried to play a responsible, captain’s innings, making a run-a-ball-ish 20 before being run out. George W kept things going with a well played 19, while both Harish (11) and Aaron (10) kept the scoreboard ticking over but weren’t quite able to connect with the big shots they were looking for. When Harish fell, 18 were need ed off the last 2 and Gary was back at the crease, with Merv this time, to try and see Superstars home for the second time in a week. 10 runs followed in the 19th over, leaving 8 needed from the last. But this time it was a bit too much. FCO’s opener returned and Merv played on from the 2nd ball, leaving Guy to come in at number 9 needing 8 from 4 balls. The first was cut away for 2 but Superstars were only able to add 2 more from the last 3, finishing on 117-7 in 20 overs, and losing by 3 runs.
Despite a slightly less successful performance on the pitch than earlier in the week, there was much more success off it as both teams made it to the Trafalgar and enjoyed some live jazz. Nice.
Team: Spencer-Bickle (capt), H Kumar, Hemingway, Plahe, Boubly, Harris, Hewlett, Williams, Warren, Aranha.
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Author: Adam "this captaincy lark isn't easy" Spencer-Bickle.
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