Strollers wow with webcast win over Trundlers
posted: June 10, 2021
Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, yesterday evening’s T20 away clash against the Tetherdown Trundlers marked a world-first with the match being broadcast live from Old Camdenians via webcast. A truly global audience tuned in with viewers logging on from locations as far afield as India (Ron) and the USA (Simon)… and many more closer to home.
Despite winning the toss and batting first, it seemed as though we suffered camera fright early doors with a flurry of early wickets tumbling, with only the Davie C (promoted to open for the night) showing providing any real resistance until he was caught behind for 17.
It was only in the latter half of our innings that we managed to get the tempo up, although the Trundlers deep fielders did very well to cut off a succession of hefty blows from our batsmen before they could reach the boundary. However, it was thanks mainly to the efforts of Viral (21), Tom (27) and Harry (22) that we were able to post a respectable if modest 139 from our allotted overs.
To win from there would require a strong effort in the field and thankfully we didn’t disappoint our online onlookers. With Varun and Harry offering little from their opening spells, Viral and Kash kept the pressure on with excellent support from the field. However, with the Trundlers 57 without loss after the first ten overs of their response, the game remained very much alive.
Luckily inroads were brought about by the change of ends, firstly with Varun expertly taking a forward diving catch off Kash to dismiss the dangerous-looking Colley, and then Gaurav pouching one in the deep from Harry to see off the classy Guy Grainger. Kash collected a second when Bonfield was superbly taken behind by Tom, who had volunteered to relieve the Kitten for the evening.
Olly Buxton looked poised to ignite the Trundlers innings, smashing 17 off Spencer’s only over but we breathed a sigh of relief when Varun skittled his stumps. From then on, the runs dried up thanks to some excellent bowling at the death from our seamers who kept scoring to a minimum by collecting a succession of Trundlers scalps. With Viral clean bowling Binns with the final ball, we celebrated a hard-earned 22 run win eagerly watching back match highlights over a few beers afterwards on YouTube.
So, our first ever live broadcast performance was victorious and, judging by the high volume of comments from those watching online, it looks like we might have stumbled onto a new world of Strollers fandom… perhaps we should move with the times and start broadcasting? One for the AGM. In the meantime, to savour the stats and enjoy match highlights… click HERE. Our sincere thanks to our friends the Trundlers for introducing us to the future of village cricket!