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TFL PIRATES 135-7 (Marchant 4-1-9-4) TIED WITH
SUPERSTARS 135-6 (Kamal 26 ret, Gigg 24no)
Our first ever match against TfL Pirates, and the first ever at Parliament Hill, was a thrilling tie. Parliament Hill has a Lords type slope and a small undulating outfield but is nicely tucked away from the rest of the park by a tree lined boundary.
Superstars were asked to field first with debutant Rick Smith and relatively newbie Archie opening up. It's fair to say Pirates opened strongly and one batsman in particular whacked us around and retired relatively early. It was left to Jason, Errol and another debutant Guy Boulby to gradually reduce the run rate against the less skilled batters - Jason claiming the glory with 4-9. Mike Duggan played his usual tricks with batters trying to be agressive and took one wicket (should have been more but for a shocking drop from Bungle) and Vijay bowled a tight last over. The final score was 135-7 which was a good performance given the early overs were going at 10 an over and more.
Semi regular opening pair Paul and Adam opened up and started well, with even Paul finding a few shots. Adam was caught behind and Paul ran out in ridiculous circumstances but a solid, but not spectacular, platform had been set. Jason's mate (yes we were all surprised) Kamal started accumulating runs nicely and was joined by Vijay for what looked a promising partnership until Jason triggered Vijay LBW for 12. When Kamal retired we needed 38 in 6 overs. It always looked like a close one and despite the efforts of Rick Smith (1) and Errol (5) the charge was dominated by Barry (ending on 24no) and Extras (who fortunately did not have to retire). With four balls left and 5 runs required Barry cut towards the boundary - it seemed a four but without the chance to refer to a 3rd umpire 3 runs were given. The next ball Errol was run out (a rarity as a Barry was present but no blame attached to him) and then Barry scratched a single. This meant Archie's first ball was a decisive one, but unfortunately he couldn't make contact in the gathered gloom and the match was (probably fittingly) tied.
A great game of cricket in a decent (if not overly facilitied) venue. The tie and good spirit the match was played in suggests that Pirates should be a regular fixture over the coming years.
Superstars Line Up:
Gigg (capt), Gaught, Spencer, Kamal, Anand, Smith, Barnett, Young, Boulby, Duggan, Marchant.
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