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Two games in three days at Chiswick in glorious June weather. With Barry winning the toss both times it was downhill from there.
A delayed start to the match with our both opening bowlers stuck on the South Circular. With that in mind, the obvious choice was to bowl first. Barry threw the new ball to James A-P who had the batsman playing and missing the first and snicking to first slip (Nick A-P) on the second ball of play: playing cricket looked easy. The Marauders batsmen then keeping the score ticking over and settled down after the opening over. Skipper then asked Gary to have a go and was immediately vindicated with three wickets in Plahe’s opening over, including two in two and failed hat trick attempt. Forman snared a wicket at the other end and the contest looked over for the Marauders in the sixth over (35-5).
Perhaps with a sense that the game was already won the Superstars took their foot off the gas and allowed the Marauders middle order to seize the initiative with batsmen 6-9 all making useful runs. Another wicket for Plahe and one for Thompson showed some fight from The Superstars but the latter bowlers (Nick A-P, Frankland, Briggs and Spry) could not make the breakthrough despite some tidy bowling by Bishop.
Marauders therefore finished on 149/7 from their 20 overs, impressive stuff considering they were 35/5 off 6.
Seligman opened the bowling for the Marauders and gave little to score off for the opening pair of Bishop and Forman. Once Seligman had been successfully seen off Bishop opened up and played a couple of classy drives. Forman fell for 8 following the change of bowler and Gigg joined Bishop. Unfortunately the scoring rate did not increase exponentially at this point with Gigg looking uncharacteristically scratchy with his scoring shots. 5 for Briggs, 0 for Thompson and 4 for Plahe meant Superstars were well off the pace. James A-P hit a couple of boundaries but the game was well over by this point as Superstars finished on 90/5.
Barry Gigg (c), Konrad Chodzko-Zajko, John Bishop, Will Spry, Chrissie Frankland, Gary Plahe,
Dan Forman, James Allen-Perry, Nick Allen-Perry, Chris Briggs, Chris Thomson.
Pretty nondescript game and a poor performance from us.
Gary Plahe with 4 wickers and 3 in an over – especially impressive given the late arrival.
Nick A-P holding on to a catch in the slips off his brother ensured family relations were cordial in the Allen-Perry household.
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