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Reply Marc "Social Secretary"
5:51 AM on July 26, 2012 
The captain's report on the match vs St Aulaye (Siddals Cup) - worthwhile to be published...


I can't imagine how or why but it does appear that St Aulaye away with 8 players is our bogey fixture this year!!! Oh to have a full team.....

8 of us did make the trip to Chenaud on Sunday and we very nearly pulled it off! Bowling first after winning the toss we managed to dismiss the opposition for a meagre 126, thanks to some accurate bowling, eager fielding and somewhat inept batting. Snookie and Clinton (I can [usually] bowl straight again) Ferreira opened up, and despite a rapid (if rather agricultural) start, pegged them back nicely. Clinton took the first couple of wickets, including the more expansive of the openers and some of their young stars, to open up the middle order for myself and Sammy Holderness to exploit. Me and my induckers accounted for a few and Sammy, swinging the ball away, got a couple more. Then it was down to Andy Smith and Clinton to finish them off.

Special mention must go to Rupert who, on his return from his dislocated shoulder, asked if he could keep (ostensibly to avoid running around the field and having to throw the ball). He did a superb job, taking 5 catches! Stéphane had the unenviable job of chasing most of the balls which went behind the wicket from his position at square leg (not having enough fielders to post a fine leg), and Julian was solid as a rock at gully.

After a fairly disappointing tea (made our efforts look very impressive!) it was over to us. I opened with Rupert, who lasted a couple of overs before being unluckily given out caught behind. Julian tried to get some momentum going before scooping one to a diving short-midwicket. I was struggling a bit (read: a lot) for my timing, but after a while it started to come. Clinton took his time (for him), smoking the odd ball to the boundary between cautious defensive strokes. We moved along steadily to 60-odd for 2, then the drinks break struck! (there's always an excuse, is there not?!) First over after drinks I tried to turn a ball towards the leg side only to edge it onto my pad then see it (when I worked out where it was) floating into the hands of slip. Then Clinton got a good (maybe not quite as incredible as Clinton made out?, but good all the same) ball to be clean bowled. The tables had turned! Andy Smith and Snookie played some lovely shots to take us into the 90s, most memorable for me a cracking cover drive from Andy off their fastest bowler. The young St Aulaye leg spinner managed to tease them both out, however, and despite Sammy's best efforts we were bowled out for a few runs short of 100.

A gallant effort lads, it could so easily have gone our way. It was still a fun day out, a beautiful day at a lovely cricket ground (it was in fine shape compared to the dustbowl that it usually is at this time of year). A few beers down by the river helped to ease the pain. The most unfortunate result of yesterday's loss is that we now have very little cricket scheduled in August (when the semis and final of the Siddall's cup are to be played).

This weekend there is no game, but having not been at Giscours for several weeks why don't we (depending on the weather of course) have a bit of a training session on Sunday then a barbecue, maybe a swim in the lake and a bit of football/rugby or pétanque? I have to confirm with Marc that this is OK, but please let me know if you're interested. Other halves and children would of course be welcome/encouraged!