2 games out of 5 won.
4th place of 6
It is with great pleasure that I can declare that we did not come last. We did last year but this year, we left two other teams trailing behind us! That is the most important piece of fact from this day of pleasure that I can report, the rest is less fact and more comment:
The David Adams Leukaemia Appeal Tournament is a great day of cricket in which six teams get together at The Bank of England Sports Centre and play each other at cricket – duh! Sometimes a struggle to get a team together and sometimes not – this year the latter. Last year’s day was blogged about and caused a stir and so we were able to get our team together el-pronto. The lucky players were: Yuri, Ilyeva, Robski, Hooperski, Stewin Apotoff, Chipmunkski, Andropov Sewellski and of course, captain Cobramovich.
The day was divided into 5 games of 6-6 overs and a final. Wicky doesn’t bowl but everybody else does. There were some other oddish rules, such as, you cannot be out first ball, no-balls and wides to count as legal until the last over, but on the whole it was a fairly normal set of rules. The fields of course were generally set very wide but this gave one a great chance of appreciating the outstanding ground that the BOE has at Roehampton. Lovely!
Cobramovich had some clever ideas set up and we tried our damnedest to stick to them, but great adaptation was required from match 1 onwards. As our desire to not come last grew stronger, our batting order remained fixed for number 1 and number 2 with the remaining positions varying. The openers were Hooperski (David Hooper) and new comrade, Stewin Apotoff (Stew Barnes). Both were able to hold stirring partnerships and produce enough runs to prevent depression setting in and of course, fear!
SCC v Graylings. This match was on the top pitch and nearest to the commentator John ‘Fingers’ Fingleton
The following match notes are from our captain and the scorecards are compete except for one match where we don’t have all of the TalkTalk scorecard. I am trying to get this sorted out.
1. GRAYLING PR Toadies (47) – SCC Batted 2nd (48) and quite easily WON
Robski missed this one.
2. TALK TALK Mobile Device mongers – SCC Batted 1st (66) and LOST
Rasputin missed this one?
3. SLAUGHTER & MAY – Organs of Capitalism (75) – SCC Batted 2nd (76) and (just, with 2nd last ball?) WON(Then Lunch)
Cobramovich missed this one
4. DEUTSCHE BANKER Lackies (80) – SCC Batted 2nd (55) and LOST
Ileyva missed this one?
5. OSBORNE & CLARK Lawyer-Thieves (58) – SCC Batted 2nd (47) and – possibly due to Bullski’s departure pre-match – narrowly LOST.
(This match was only 5 overs a side, unlike the others which were all 6.)
Unknown to us at the time due to fatigue, if we had indeed won, we probably would have made the final against the ghastly financial Imperialists!
Bullski missed this one.
Our team truly shone I thought. The opening bats of Bulleroff and Stasia regularly gave us a hope on the batting. Followed well by us all and Robski deserves a great mention and all of us who prevented a slide.
In the field were some truly great fielding exhibitions and Ilyeva bravely sacrificed the use of his hand to try to prevent another boundary. Sewellski exhibited his ever improving throw, Cobramovich’s cunning plans were executed and adapted superbly, Chipmunski nib nib nibbled at the bats.
Comrades! I salute you all. A great day for a great cause and we must all be proud of the SCC’s performance.