Strollers modest total too steep for Archway Ladder
posted: September 3, 2018
Our unbeaten streak continued yesterday afternoon with a good win away to the Archway Ladder XI in the lush surroundings of Old Owens Sports Ground. Faced with a 40 over game and, having won the toss on a sunny late summer day, George had no hesitation in opting to bat first. However it was far from plain sailing – having lost the skipper early on, Gav suffered a painful blow to the elbow but managed to plough on, only to become the first of five Strollers to fall in their twenties. So was the tale of our innings with most of our batsmen making starts only to be cut off in their prime by a highly effective Archway bowling attack.
In the end we closed on 186 all out – after a flurry of late boundaries from Harry, Brown Jnr became the most recent victim of a 'Ron out' when, on the final ball, he was comically lapped by the racing Rabbit. But for all the hilarity our concern was that we had posted a somewhat sub par score from our forty.
Our fears increased when a couple of fairly routine catches we spilled early on in the Archway response. Thankfully when Ron, at mid on, held onto a lobbed return from Awais off Tom it signalled the start of a procession of regular wickets that prevented the oppo from ever getting on top. Of the Archway batsmen keeper Ali looked the most threatening, having heaved a number of sixes over midwicket.
However Spencer, bowling spin thanks to a sore back, managed to stifle the onslought in it's tracks when he had Ali trapped plumb LBW for 36. Abhik made amends for an earlier drop with a late inswinger to castle Iqram before Ron had skipper Faisel caught neatly behind by Matt.
In the meantime, the newly re-nicknamed 'Spincer' was busy mopping up the Archway middle order on his way to collecting magificent figures of 4-39. The final wickets were claimed firstly by Gaurav whose metronomic line eventually paid off to bowl the young Maroof and then, lastly, with Ron throwing down the stumps with a final run out to dismiss Archway for just 125. Thus, despite our modest total, we secured a conclusive 61 run win to see us into the final couple of games ensuring we are well in credit. Well done to all concerned!