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Superstars arrived in Berrylands for our traditional summer clash against the London School of Economics Staff XI. The main wicket was unavailable as the students had a game the next day but luckily the Greenspans a long way so we could use the second wicket, although given their associations with Surrey CCC and Fulham FC this was probably the best maintained wicket we'll play on this year. On a sunny day the other 9 players present were demanding Barry won the toss but obviously he lost and we were in the field. Back in the team was Friedman Vijay, after 11 days in quarantine hoping to market with a good performance.
Konrad and Matt Sears opened the bowling for Superstars and were fiscal against batsmen who looked in good form. Mike Taylor took a good catch over his shoulder and Konrad a more straight forward one and LSE were 75-2 at drinks. This innings could go either way, there was great interest on the club's whatsapp group.
Surprisingly it went Superstars' way. John Bishop took two mid innings wickets, one a decent catch by wicket keeper George as the ball was dieing on him and the other a huge full toss caught at log on by Mike Taylor. WIth opener McDougall retiring at 51 Superstars were into the tail which Alok, having eventually found a ground he's played at many times before, destroyed while Matt Sears took a good catch above his head off Konrad's bowling when he returned. The last ball of the innings George threw down the stumps to stump their tailender off Alok's bowling (it was a stumping as they didn't attempt a short run). This was an example of the good fielding throughout by Superstars, led by those good catches and debutant Mark who seemed to have an invisible hand making excellent stops. LSE has made 130-8, it felt below Par-eto and SUperstars had an opportunity cost
After the break Gaught and and Conway strode to the wicket and despite the odd scare looked solid, without Keynesian the ball around. They made it to drinks at 69-0.
But when Conway was bowled for a well compiled 35 (at 74-1) Superstars had a wobble with Warren (1), Mark (1) Vijay (2) and Taylor (3) all dismissed in a bad 9 over spell that saw LSE profit from good bowling and the odd poor shot. Luckily Paul was still there, so we had rational expections and as LSE's supply of bowlers dried up he and John Bishop were able to increase the rate at minimal risk. When Paul left the scene (50 retired) Barry joined Bish and despite some inevitable run out high jinx Marshalled us home with 10 balls to spare.
An excellent performance built on good bowling, elasticity in the field and sensible batting around Gaught's well paced 50. The beer at the Berrylands tasted good too. Top Marx Superstars!
Barry Gigg (c), George Warren, Matt Conway, Konrad Chodzko-Zajko, John Bishop, Matt Sears,
Mike Taylor, Paul Gaught, Mark, Vijay Anand (post quarantine), Alok Singh (eventually).
Our first win after 6 without one (5 losses and 1 tie)
Great catches by Mike Taylor (over his shoulder at b'ward point) and Matt Sears (over his head at cover).
Barry Gigg set a record for 6,756 not outs in a seaason.
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