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Tuesday 4th August 2020, 6pm start.
Dukes Meadow, Chiswick.
20 over match, decent enough day.
Ad-Hoc (162) beat Superstars (101) by 61 Runs
Superstars managed to field 10 players, including Matt's son Ben who was nearly 15 and Steve who was unable to run.
It was a lovely evening and Superstars were in high spirits only slightly dampened by the realisation that as Barry and Bish means a run out, Barry managed to lose the toss......... again!
It was a welcome return to the Cricket pitch for Roy who hadn't played for around 3 years. He didn't look out of practice when opening the bowling, which Matt rightly described as mellifluous. Roy managed to clean bowl the two openers backed up by Elliott who was also bowling well and troubling the batsmen. Unfortunately, a combination of Ad Hoc's batsmen clinically dispatching the odd bad ball and some dodgy fielding on a bumpy outfield by us, contributed to Ad Hoc scoring quickly. Two notable exceptions were Ben not making any mistakes and therefore outshining his father (seems to be a pattern here!) and Jaimi running out one of their batsmen with a direct underarm throw. The first bowling change came with Konrad at one end and Dan the other both looking to get their 50 wickets for Superstars. Konrad bowled well, without any reward but helped to reduce the run rate, only conceding 21 runs from his 4 overs. It was clear that Barry had money on Konrad to get to 50 wickets first as he failed to get the simplest of stumpings of Dan bowling, however soon after that Dan decided the only way forward was to clean bowl the batsmen and he managed 2 of these. Dan now joins the 50 wicket club and will join the others on the Honours Board (well the virtual one anyway). Well done Dan, Konrad will soon be there too! A few over from Bish and one from Jaimi completed Ad Hocs innings, three of their batsmen retiring on 25.
It was always going to be a very tough ask. Barry, Bish and Steve all out in single figures but Matt playing well to retire on 25. Steve was also grateful for the good running between the wickets of both Jaimi and Elliott who both ran for him at some point. Steve walked on a sweep caught behind even if Barry called it a wide. Decent batting from both Jaimi and Elliott both reaching double figures before Jaimi was bowled, Elliott not out at the end. Konrad battling at 7, Dan at 8 and Roy at 9 soon followed Jaimi. This left Matt's son Ben at 10 (or Ben 10 as we needed superpowers at that time), to face the final two balls. The crowd (social distanced) were anticipating Ben first run for the club, so when they ran a single on the penultimate ball cheers were quickly followed by jeers when Barry signalled a bye. Missed stumping, signalling wide on a caught behind and this was the final straw. On the plus side 'Specsavers' are keen to meet with Barry to discuss sponsorship.
Although Ad Hoc were worthy winners we all felt like winners for actually 'getting out' to play.

Author: Superstars Legend in Chief, "Sir" Steve Meyler

Team: Barry Gigg (c), Steve Meyler, Eliot Jeffrey, Matthew Conway, Ben Conway, Dan Forman, Konrad Chodzko-Zajko, Jaimi Lallu, Roy Varghese, John Bishop,
No photos of this game exist but here's one of Moxon Jr playing on the same day, so I don't need to change my template.
Notable drop: Barry's missed stumping off Dan.
Notable catch: None taken, but a good run out by Jaimi.
Comedy Moment: Steve walking caught behind while Barry gave a wide, Barry, Bish and Steve (with runner) being no.1, 2 and 3 and there being no run out.
Stat: Dan Forman reaching 50 wickets for the club, Ben Conway's promising debut.
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