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Superstars get the "wrong rub of the green..."
On a beautiful Sunday in September the Superstars took on Princes Head at Richmond on the Green. With many of the team running late due to transport issues Skip went out to do the toss and to everyone's shock he WON [Editor note - this is not a typo] and elected to bowl.
Conway and Sohail opened the bowling with fantastic accuracy and economy on what was a minefield of a wicket. Conway bowled 2 clean wickets in his 6 overs, Sohail was unfortunate not to take a wicket but bowled with great economy with 18 runs off 7 overs. The Princes Head batsmen were using their knowledge of the home wicket to their advantage trying to stay on top of the bowling and keeping a respectable run rate. Duggan and Vijay jumped into action bowling fantastic line and length and generated some great opportunities for catches and run outs but the batsmen rode their luck to see off a great bit of superstars bowling but Vijay broke through to clean bowl the oppositions most dangerous batsmen.
Thompson, Plahe and Hewlett got in on the action with Thompson taking 3 great wickets with some fine fielding from Vijay to take a catch off Thompson and Hewletts overs. Chris provided a great caught & bowled and a very tasty LBW which was as plumb as jam. Hewlett bowled well at batsmen set to charge down every ball and was rewarded with a wicket with fine fielding from Vijay. Plahe bowled and hit the stumps but due to the batsman being 4ft tall it was called a no ball!?! But then made up for it next ball with a clean bowl to leave Richmond 175 after 35 overs.
Superstars started the batting off in fine form with Conway and Gaught/Gaught-Allen setting a solid base, a chance ball that hit one of the many craters in the pitch and skimmed the edge of Gaughty's bat and taken by the keeper. This saw Gibbs and Conway start pressing harder for runs with some great boundaries and classical drives. Gibbs started to toy with the oppo giving them catching practise with a few lofty shots but thankfully the fielders dropped the ball on each occasion. Richmond turned to their pace bowlers, one ball suspiciously high edged Gibbs bat and was given out for a well deserved 20. Conway scoring well smashed a shot almost too well straight into a fielders hands for an unfortunate catch but scored a great jug avoiding innings of 47.
The almost inevitable Superstars collapse followed but only due to the opposition's quick bowlers attacking the stumps saw Hewlett, Vijay and Meyler depart before their prime in what was an incredibly difficult wicket to bat on. Bishop and Sohail provided some fireworks with quick fire runs before Bish was given LBW for a well deserved 8 runs and Sohail being caught out for a rapid 10 runs. Duggan and Plahe were now looking down the barrel with 50 runs needed in only a few overs but set to work... Duggan warmed up and looked in fine form, a batsman ready for glory but after a huge heave that would have sent the ball over 200 meters for a massive 6 that Chris Gayle would be proud of unfortunately clean bowled him. Gigg was feeling a little off and batted himself at 11 which was not usual protocol but there was life in game yet. About 10 runs an over needed but if anyone can "Run a team ragged" it will be Skip, he stated off with a booming drive that rocketed for 4, a quick 2 runs taken off the next ball saw our run rate heading for target rate but then a rank ball unfortunately hit the stumps to end the batting innings with Plahe Not Out.
A great day out with some great cricket against a very friendly opposition to see the end of another season for Superstars. So started the beer match and I am happy to report that we thrashed the oppo by over 32 pints! We sent the oppo home before their bedtime with Gigg 2 Pints Retired, Gaught 5 Pints Retired, Hewlett 5 Pints Retired, Bish 8 Pints Not Out, Duggan 8 Pints Not Out, Plahe 8 Pints Not Out and Meyler 8 Pints, 1 Brandy Not Out... Huge applause to all for putting in heroic performances. Hope to see you all at the awards ceremony in October. Date & venue to be announced soon.
Barry Gigg (c), Paul Gaught-Allen, John Bishop, Sam Gibbs, James Hewlett, Vijay Anand,
Michael Duggan, Sohail, Matt Conway, Gary Plahe, Steve Meyler, Chris Thomson.
The highest attendance of the season for a Superstars game - including an artist doing their thing.
Gary claims this was his 100th wicket for Superstars - this is to be confirmed.
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