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v GREEN SOX, 16TH MAY 2017
We welcomed our old friend the Green Sox to the Rec for the first of an exciting two-matches-in-three-days-in-May-double-header. Some were likening it to a European Cup tie (do away runs count double?). Others to the baseball world series (the Green Sox versus the, er, slightly smelly socks?). While others just thought that Vijay had made a boo boo on the fixture list and then just pretended this had been his masterplan all along. Somewhat surprisingly the Sox have never beaten the 'Stars in their lustrious history. Even more surprisingly all 11 Superstars had assembled by the start time of six o'clock (props to the team manager, whoever he was). EVEN MORE surprisingly Captain Gigg won yet another toss (that double-headed coin we got him for Christmas is certainly coming in handy this year) and opted to bat. And a good decision it proved to be too as the first wicket racked up an impressive 90 runs in 14 overs. Adam Spencer-Bickle, John Bishop and debutant Mike Berry all got to 25 retired, before Rick Smith and Gary Plahe contrived to turn an easy two into a messed up one and Rick (11) skipped merrily back to the changing room with a smile on his face and nothing but sweet and complimentary things to say about Gary's communication and running skills. (Or at least I think that that's what happened). It was a useful breakthrough for the Sox as Vijay (caught behind for 7) and Plahe (triggered by Konrad for 8) followed not long after, putting the breaks on our innings a touch before Barry (need I say how out for 18?) and Harish (9*) played a useful hand to take our score to an above par 133.
The Sox chase never really got too competitive after Konrad (4-0-13-2) clean bowled their opener for 2 and their number three for 1. Harish was tidy with the new ball at the other end with just 10 conceded from his three overs, while Forman (3-0-11-1) and Vijay (3-1-9-1) continued to apply the tourniquet. Gary and Mike D were only a little more expensive and picked up a wicket apiece before Mike B capped a fine debut with a wicket in the final over. Had we held any of our catches (too many to mention individually) we could have won even more comfortably. As its is a 40-run win gives us a good cushion to defend in the return leg at Belair Park on Thursday in front of the passionate Green Sox fans on their home ground.
Team: Gigg (capt), Spencer-Bickle, Bishop, Berry, R.Smith I, Plahe, Anand, H Kumar, Chodzko-Zajko, Forman, Duggan.
Game picture
Game picture
Author: Dan "do away runs count double" Forman.
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