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London Olympics Super Saturday, The Rumble in the Jungle and Sir Roger Bannister breaking the 4 minute mile were until Thursday 1st September undoubtably the greatest sporting events in the history of planet earth. Now they have competition in a story of evil, despair, bravery, comradeship, determination and heartbreak.
The greatest sporting story ever told begins on the morning of Thursday 1st September 2016 when Merv Aranha contacted the rest of Superstars to tell them some scumbag had burgled his sister's house. Being a fine upstanding man Merv had to miss the game and the Superstars were down to ten men before a ball was bowled. It was going to be uphill from here.
With John Carr captaining DOdgers there was a suspicion that both sides may manage to lose the toss but Barry somehow won and elected to bat - a surprisingly wise move with 10 men in the warm sunshine. Conway and Smith departed the scene relatively quickly to the hands of one of a number of "Dodgers" who didn't seem to know any of their team mates but Anand and Gaught rebuilt until Gaught was run out backing up by the fingertips of John Hilary. With Gigg and Plahe also leaving relatively quickly it was left to Singh to keep Anand company which he did well. In the end Anand was caught on the boundary for a well constructed 50 that kept his team in the hunt. With Singh and Duggan thrashing at the end Superstars made 159-6 in their 35 overs on a wicket that was two paced and occasionally popped - it felt a defendable total.
After eating Izzy's fantastic cakes the Superstars entered the field low on players but high on sugar. Varghese and Singh opened the bowling well removing the dangerous Dollin. With Forman and Plahe added to the attack Superstars fought like tigers and kept chipping away at wickets but Dodgers felt ahead (I was fielding, so access to the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern to back up this feeling was unavilable). With Anand and Duggan added to the bowling attack the Superstars got them themselves more into the game and when Singh and Varghese returned to complete their spells further wickets fell. The committment in the field was shown by Gaught executing an excellent run out as DOdger NJ cruelly, unsportingly ran out his partner rather than take responsiblity for his error. Unfortunately it wa s a good decision as he and number 10 John Hilary inched towards the finishing line. With 3 needed for the win (and a tie enough to secure the Ken Block Trophy for Dodgers) a film would have plotted a remarkable Superstars victory against the odds. Conway, who had not bowled yet in the match, was bought on to bowl in the one strange decision by the inspirational Gigg. The risk didn't work as Hilary punished two semi-loose deliveries in three to guide DOdgers to the win, series triumph and proof that the Ken Block Trophy is hard, real life not a fluffy film plot.
A great game. A brave Superstars performance. The loss can quite squarely be blamed on a scumbag burglar (Aranha would surely have been the difference). And a new pub post match which seemed popular. This may have been a loss but it was a great day to be a Superstar.
Team: Gigg (capt), Gaught, Conway, Smith, Anand, Plahe, Singh, Duggan, Varghese, Forman.
Author: Paul Gaught.
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