Strollers pay for victory over Shakespeare XI with pound of flesh
posted: June 2
We returned to winning ways this afternoon over the Shakespeare XI – who themselves had put us to sword with a crushing defeat last season – on a sunny afternoon at Ferme Park. However the victory came at some considerable cost, with serious hand injuries sustained firstly by Tom who fell heavily while running and then Viral who managed to impale himself when climbing over the boundary fence to retrieve the ball, resulting in a deep gash to his wrist that required a visit to A&E.
With both bowlers now out for several weeks along with Davie C (who withdrew on Friday evening having managed to break his wrist after falling from his bike) the weekend's mounting injury list cast a dark shadow over what was an otherwise excellent win.
Abhik, making his début as skipper, won the toss and opted to bat first and played the starring role himself with a superbly struck 83, supported by Spencer who hit yet another richly deserved half century before finally getting out for the first time this season. In all we managed to post a massive 309-9 from our allotted 35 overs.
The Shakespeare XI offered a spirited response in reply with an innings built around their number five George who ended unbeaten on 86. However, our attack demonstrated great persistance and picked up regular wickets – best of whom being Varun who collected an excellent 3-45. In the end the Shakespeare XI closed on 252-8, some 58 runs shy of their target.
A great win then, albeit one that leaves us reeling with a growing number of casualties. Hopefully those Strollers that are still standing can keep up the winning momentum!