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LSE Kings 160 all out (Varghese 3-16, Marchant 3-30, Duggan 2-28) LOST TO
Superstars 163-5 (Spencer 53ret, Trivedi 28).
On a beautiful sunny day in South West London Superstars extended their unbeaten run to 273 days (39 weeks) with a win over a joint LSE/Kings College side (to be known as the LSE Kings in this report - who sound like an IPL team to me) in a 35 over match. Inevitably with a flat looking wicket and hot(ish) day Barry lost the toss and we were asked to field.
Debutant (at last, after about five billion cancelled games) Vijay Anand opened the bowling from the football pitch end with seasoned Superstar Chris Mountain operating from the Kings End. Both did well without managing to get the breakthrough and LSE had made a solid start at 35 for 0 off 8 overs, with some good strokes and may be a little bit of luck here and there. It felt like it was going to be a long afternoon chasing leather (much like a normal weekend for Jason .....). However the introduction of Roy "Mr Kipling" Varghese alongside last week's last ball hero Raj Trivedi changed the game. Roy bowled with pace, control and skill bowling one of the openers, quickly after the number 3 and then had the captain, whod whacked us around this same ground at least once before, skilfully caught at slip by Jason. Roy bowled straight through for figures of 7-1-16-3 meanwhile Jason slipped into the attack (and it was attack by then) and had the other opener dropped by Steve Meyler in an early 'drop of the season' contender. Luckily Jason removed him soon after with his classic 'zumba' ball. Steve then atoned with a simply stunning catch off Jason's bowling, the batsman middled the ball in a way no Superstar can even dream of but Steve's reactions caught the ball inches off the ground and away from his shins - an early 'catch of the season' contender. By now Mike Duggan had joined Jason and the spin twins twirled their way through the middle overs, Jason ending with figures of 6-0-30-3 (his further wicket a neat caught and bowled) and Mike 5-0-28-2 (one wicket a neat stumping from Barry, and one a catch at long on from "safe hands" Gaught). Vijay returned and claimed his first ever Superstars' wicket, a regulation catch by Barry and in the last over Roy topped off a wonderful Superstars fightback and a high class performance by himself with a run out from long on. The LSE Kings had made 160 all out which marked a great comeback by Superstars and the team, and Roy in particular, tucked into the excellent cricket tea.
Victory Victory
With Steve making efforts to be a good parent he had to leave early so opened the batting with perennial boredom creator Bungle. Paul was out early, wonderfully caught at slip for 12, but Adam Spencer joined Steve until Steve had to leave (retired 6!). After a brief visit to the wicket by Matt C Chris Mountain was building a decent partnership with Adam until a close stumping decision went against him. After Barry also briefly visited the centre Superstars were 65 for 4 (possibly 5 depending on Steve's speed and prioritisation) and nerves were jaggling. Cometh the hour, cometh last week's man though and Raj Trivedi took the attack to the bowlers with 3 fours from his first 4 balls - the other being a close stumping decision that went for him. With Adam showing his class and taking advantage of not having to face the opening bowlers these took the side to 124 until Raj was out sweeping for 28 and then five runs later Adam retired at 53. The run rate now wasn't an issue but wickets were but a sensible stand of 31 from the fluent Vijay Anand (22 not out) and the sensible Marchant (9 not out) avoided any more nerves, with Superstars reaching their target with over 5 overs to spare.
Victory Victory
A fine victory against a strong side, the excellent bar was enjoyed by the side all wondering what other things last 273 days.......
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