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Match 15 (22nd scheduled), 2016: September 11

Pimlico Strollers CC vs Beamers CC

Beamers breeze past Strollers at sunny Ferme Park
posted: September 11, 2016

The Beamers unfortunately bested us this afternoon as once again we were unable to defend a slightly sub-par total at Ferme Park. In unseasonably hot and sunny weather we opted to bat first upon winning the toss and despite the loss of Gav early on (the skipper bafflingly fishing at a wide to nick behind), we made a decent start with George and Henry taking us over the hundred without incident. However, on the stroke of our reaching three figures, Henry was bowled for 30 through the gate before making way for Tim who quickly settled into a good rhythm and began amassing runs with some powerful strokes through the leg side.

However, after George departed for 45 — having been sharply caught and bowled by Wood — the runs dried up for a while with Ron and Sam dismissed cheaply and, as the overs ticked by, there was some concern we might not reach the 200 mark. Nonetheless Tim persisted and notched up a fine fifty before some devastating strokeplay late on from Dave revived our hopes as the kitten smashed a succession of immense sixes as our innings drew to a close to finish on a respectable 231-7, albeit a slightly modest total on the small Ferme Park pitch.

In response the Beamers went about their business at a steady pace although Harry did manage to trap Satish LBW early in their reply. However oppo skipper Al Dixon looked minded to do the heavy lifting and, having seen off a probing early spell from Simon, began to score at pace once the second string attack was introduced. Sam collected the wicket of Don just before drinks, thanks to sharp glovework from Davey behind but, after the break, the opposition's batsmen hit the accelerator, cashing in on loose deliveries as Dixon marched on to record a well deserved ton. Dave's stumping of Andrew off Ron's bowling was to be our final breakthrough before the Beamers romped to their target with five overs to spare.

Gavin Richardson


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