Shorthanded Strollers trumped by Trundlers at Lord's
posted: December 18
The Strollers ended the year in action with an inaugural indoor match against the Tetherdown Trundlers at Lord’s. With a number of late withdrawals, mainly owing to fall out from the festive season, we were only able to muster six plucky Strollers – namely Dickie, Harry, Gav, Rubin, Rubin’s mate Andrew and Spencer who skippered in Dave’s absence. Nonetheless, with the Trundlers kindly agreeing to lend us a couple of fielders, we were able to get a highly enjoyable 8-a-side match on. Each team faced 16 overs, batting in pairs with 5 runs deducted at the fall of each wicket.
With Spencer bullishly opting to bat first, we managed to post what seemed like a respectable 171 runs from our allotted overs – Harry and the skipper piling on the best part of a century stand from their six. However, having collectively lost at least ten wickets between us – mainly an assortment of calamitous run outs and silly stumpings – we had shed valuable runs along the way, which would ultimately prove costly.
That said, after a sharp turnaround, we immediately had Trundlers on the ropes with a run out on the first ball of their innings – with the highly unusual total of -5 for 1 momentarily appearing on the scoreboard.
Unfortunately our early inroads made way for an onslaught as the Trundlers’ second partnership set about our bowling with ferocity, not only with some powerful strong hitting through the V to the long boundary (the only way to score fours and sixes in indoor cricket) but also with some nifty nurdling – finding the gaps in our field to pick up easy runs either side of the wicket.
Despite some searing pace from Harry, some testing swing from Spencer and some impressive accuracy from newbie Andrew, the Trundlers cruised past our total in just the eleventh over. However, owing to the format of the game, the Trundlers batted on as we clung onto the vain hope that we might be able to claw back some runs with a flurry of late wickets. Sadly few came, and the oppo charged on to hit a mighty 248 from their 16 overs… a conclusive 77 run win.
Nevertheless it had been a thoroughly enjoyable experience that, as we headed upstairs to sink a few consolation beers, all agreed we should look to repeat next winter. Big thanks to everyone who turned out and especially to our friends the Trundlers for organising the game… let’s do it again!