Strollers win big over Bohos in latest T20
posted: July 26, 2018
After the disappointment of Sunday’s result at Sandon, we thankfully got back to winning ways last night in our latest T20 clash with a thumping 64 run win over the Battersea Bohemians. Rob Archdale won the toss but baffled everyone by opting to field first in glorious sunny and baking hot conditions to offer us first use of the North Middlesex pitch.
Initially this potentially looked like a canny call as we made cautious progress until the 8th over when, having reached 50 for no wicket, we lost Harsh for 22 who holed out to mid on in an attempt to get things moving.
And move we certainly did! With Gaurav in next to join Spencer (pictured right) in the middle the pair hit the gas with an onslaught of boundaries. Jain in particular – having declared several weeks earlier to your writer that he can’t or doesn’t hit sixes – proved himself thoroughly incorrect as he meted out a procession of massive maximums over midwicket. With 150 reached with still six overs to go we sensed we were on for a biggie as both Gaurav and Spencer sailed past their fifties. As we approached the final over, Gaurav took one swing too many and was finally bowled – for an awesome 78 – by Macaskill.
Gav, in at four, with just 9 deliveries left to play with made the most of his short time in the middle with a brief cameo tipping and running (yes you read that right) and with a powerful six over mid on brought up 200 for our second time in a T20 match this season. We closed on 204, Spencer carrying his bat for 70 himself – a superb effort contributing to a towering total by any measure, which we rightly felt confident to defend.
After a quick turnaround, Ravi took the new (now pink) ball from the pavilion end and made a vital early breakthrough with the cheap dismissal of Boho opener Josh Jones, sharply caught in the covers by Spencer. Robin Hayley – in typically dashing style – made a valiant attempt to maintain the oppo’s required run rate and, for a time, succeeded in doing so along with his partner Buller.
But that wasn’t to last – Somanka, making a very welcome return to the Strollers after becoming a new dad, immediately found a probing line when he was brought on and uprooted Buller’s middle stump. He promptly picked up a second wicket in identical fashion, this time with the dismissal of the big-hitting Brierley for just 3.
The decisive wicket of the match came when Robin skied a lofted off drive from Ron to Sid, waiting in the deep. Having already put down a similar chance all eyes were on Dubey who this time made no mistake and sent Hayley packing.
From here on it was simply a mop-up job. The Bohos’ middle order, in the shape of the guesting Olly Buxton and the always competitive kiwi Dave Macaskill, offered some resistance but when skipper Davie G brought himself on, their time was up. Buxton was the first to go as he too lofted one to Sid – who this time took an even better running low catch at long off – and, next ball, Macaskill tamely offered a thick edge to Gaurav at square leg.
Sadly Davie G couldn’t quite nab the hat-trick but the very next ball he had his third as when Spencer caught Lancaster for a duck. Fowler got into the wickets himself when he had Meier trapped LBW for a duck, though clearly unimpressed with the decision.
In the final over Rob gamely clobbered a cow shot in the rapidly fading light but clearly this was nothing more than token resistance and, with our last ball, Dave claimed his fourth wicket of the evening to trap Al Andrews LBW. We left the field by the brightly shining moonlight, delighted with what was as convincing a win as the Strollers ever see. There was just one thing to do… celebrate with a full and thorough Belashing!