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Ken Block Trophy
After one win each in the T20 matches Superstars and Dodgers arrived at the Abbey Rec for a afternoon of Ken Block Trophy decider action. You knew it was decider as some of the Dodgers players didn't know their own team let alone the Superstars. It had rained a lot the day before and so when Barry won the toss (don't get used to success) he elected to bowl with little hesitation.
Alok and Roy opened the bowling and while Dodgers set a solid platform Roy dismissed NJ, with a smart slip catch by Paul G (don't get used to success). Konrad entered the attack bowling well and dismissing the dangerous looking opening bat. Meanwhile Dan F was having a frustrating afternoon with dropped catches (not easy ones) and many aerial shots just not going to hand, especially from the bat of Jatinder who anchored the innings. With a lot of wickets in hand Dodgers upped the pace and Gary and Mike D struggled to contain them. Vijay dismissed the gifted no4 (but not before an excellent innings) and regular opener Mike Dollin. There was a clatter of wickets due to some slogging but a fair few runs and Dodgers ended on an impressive 192-7 off 35 overs. It felt 30 above par.
Barry planned for safety first (with some running between the wicket concerns) and sent out Johnny B and Paul G to open. Unfortunately Gigg's plan was as solid as a the UK's Brexit plan when John played all around a straight one from John Hilary, Paul edged a good one from Milund to keeper Dollin and Matt C was caught at gully. With Vijay run out (Barry was apparently blameless but it was a useful reminder that he's the true king of the Superstars run out, even if there's a new run out master in town), Barry caught behind and Gary bowled Superstars were 13-6 off 17 overs of pure torture for Superstars fans worldwide following via the Dodgers new enthusiastic twitter feed and the occasional sarcastic Superstars quote. Alok blocked for pride but his first attacking shot resulted in another wicket. This bought Mike D and Dan F together. Paul G announced it was a "good one to win from here" (12 an over from 15 overs with 3 wickets in hand) but at least they reached double figures (Mike was 17no, Dan 11) and Roy and Konrad (including his trademark reverse sweep) both made more than the top 6 combined against legendary Dodgers Ralph and John Carr. In the end we reached a shameful 57 all out which might be lowest Superstars total ever. Defeat by 135 runs may be the largest loss for a good while too.
Post match beers at the Trafalgar tasted bitter but talk of overthrowing Barry was soon quashed when we realised that one of us would need to take the reins. There can't have been many worse days in Superstars history, but it still easily beats working.
I told you about the success.....
Team hiding their heads in shame: Gigg (c), Gaught, Bishop, Conway, Anand, Plahe, Duggan, Singh, Forman, Varghese, Chodzko-Zajko.
*ok, Izzy and random passers by.
Author: Paul "still having nightmares" Gaught.
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