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v LSE KINGS, 29TH MAY 2013
SUPERSTARS 168-5 (Walker 41, Gigg 38, Smith 31no) BEAT
LSE KINGS 87 all out (Marchant 4-20, Anand 3-10)
The day before it had really belted it down. Quite a lot of the day. Luckily the Berrylands ground has covers. Not so luckily rain was certainly in the air on match day. We all arrived nervously hoping a game would happen and be completed. Barry won the toss and elected to bat. It was decided to play a 35 over match to give ourselves a bit of slack.
Paul and Matt C opened relatively fluently until Matt was bowled. Will joined Paul who was gradually batting himself out of touch after last week's match-tying performance. Eventually, thankfully, he was caught after a mistimed smear. It was time for a legend, and Barry stood up and strode to the crease. The opposition were appealing for everything that hit a pad, rather reducing the impact when they had genuinely close appeals. When Will was dismissed for 38 Superstars were 108-3 in the 25th over. A decent platform but the much needed acceleration was provided by Rick with some big shots over extra cover and cow corner, Barry was playing nudge and run until caught behind for 41. With Richard Abigail getting a duck in the end of innings slog Superstars were 168 for 5 with 3 overs left when the rain fell. The covers were rolled on an an early tea was taken.
The tea was beautiful and the rain slowing. Duckworth Lewis apps were consulted. The groundsman came out and passed the wicket fit for play after a delay after tea. It was decided LSE Kings should bat for 32 overs but stranglely that the internationally recognised Duckworth-Lewis method should not be employed. Instead the Kings would chase 169 to win. Failure to accept sound evidence from the Economists - and they wonder why the economy is screwed!
This seemed to inspire the Superstars however, especially Vijay who started beautifully taking 3 early wickets ending with wonderful figures of 5-3-10-3. At the same time Errol and Guy were doing a job of containing the opposition on a day when we were rather batsman heavy in our line up. They both did their jobs (44 runs in their 8 overs, under the rate required). Meanwhile Jason had come on, knowing there was pressure on him to perform. Jason showed his class with clever variations of pace and length that seemed too much for the relatively young LSE line up. He ended up bowling through for 4-20. A sneaky run out and a wicket to Matt C left the Berrylands outfit needing a miracle. And having a runner out there and Stevfe Meyler having a bowl the last wicket was another run out. They were bowled out for 87.
In truth after the 3 early wickets from Vijay and certainly when the handly looking two middle order guys were dismissed (one run out, one caught by the caughting master Gaught) the Kings never really looked likely to trouble the target in a very tidy fielding performance. The batting was good enough against a team certainly better in the field (as is common with young sides). Good victory and excellent tea! It was certainly a more entertaining match than England v Ireland in that yawn-fest sport football that was on in the bar afterwards.
Superstars Line Up:
Gigg (capt), Gaught, Conway, Walker, Abigail, Smith, Anand, Barnett, Meyler, Boulby, Marchant
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