Strollers back in the black with win over Chesham Bois
posted: July 15, 2018
With a good away win over Chesham Bois this afternoon we happily put our results for the season back into credit. Having won the toss on yet another baking hot sunny day, George opted to bat first on a pitch resembling straw. Our top order got off to a flier, with each of our first four batters getting into the thirtes with expansive strokeplay on show from all. To some extent, however, each of our batsmen was responsible for his own demise but thankfully Ron continued his fine form with an excellent knock of 64 before he too holed out off the bowling of young Charlie Haines (eldest son of former Stroller David 'De Dazzler' Haines). In the end we posted a sizeable 249, albeit with only ten men.
After a lovely tea, Abhik made early inroads to dismiss Ali and Withams and Simon – returning to the UK for a second time this summer for a bit more cricket – was particularly unlucky to see a regulation edge behind from Haines Snr put down by the guesting Vaughan Wonnacott (kindly stepping in for the still-recuperating Kitten).
Typically De Dazzler – much missed amongst our ranks but now a Chesham Bois mainstay – punished us with trademark panache, albeit with lady luck on his side as he offered us a succession of spilled chances. Additionally he survived the potential banana skin of facing his ten year old son Ollie – temporarily joining our ranks to serve up a mean line in leg spin to his old man. However, aided by elder partner John Holloway, Haines Snr mounted a massive third wicket stand and for a time looked to threaten the target we had set, especially when our fielding got sloppy with needlessly conceded overthrows.
Haines went on to complete a well deserved ton, the second hundred scored against the Strollers by a former team mate in as many weeks (surely some on-tour penalty must follow for those guilty parties? – Ed) before he was bamboozled by Ron and dismissed for 109. With that the oppo's charge was all but over although in the end they closed just 34 runs adrift. A solid win then to set us up nicely for next week's clash of the Strollers as we head to Sandon!