Strollers discover Rotten Livers not as rotten as advertised
posted: May 30, 2021
The Strollers slipped to our third defeat of the season in a one-sided clash this afternoon against newfound opposition, the Rotten Livers... who turned out to be a far better outfit than their name suggested. We had rather imagined we might be up against a side largely made up of sherry-swilling late middle aged bon viveurs but, in reality, it seemed we were faced with something like the Pakistan All Stars, including at least one retired ex-professional first class cricketer. In retrospect, it was just as well Varun called correctly and won the toss, choosing to bat first at a hot, sunny Ferme Park. Had he lost, the carnage might have been dreadful.
As it was, we managed to post an almost-respectable 161 in the face of a relentlessly accurate attack backed up with lightning fast, well-drilled fielding... simply nothing got through. That's not to suggest it was all one way traffic as notable contributions were made by Harry (40), Viral (39) and Spencer, who stylishly hit 34 in his long-awaited comeback after a two year absence. However, the oppo never allowed us to settle and we knew we had scored too few to pose them much to worry about.
Having embarassingly found all too late that the North London tea (our first since lockdown) was unpalatable to the largely vegetarian opposition, we were resoundingly chastened as their opening batsmen unleashed a barrage of truly explosive hitting from the off in their response, smashing boundaries left, right and centre. They notched up their hundred without loss in just the EIGHTH over and we feared the game might be all over by drinks. Mercifully Viral spared our blushes in the face of a 10 wicket defeat as he held his composure to take an excellent catch, skied high by Sifar off Harry.
We were heartened further as Spencer picked up a trio of quick wickets as the Rotten Livers opener Umar gamely retired on 72 to give way to some of his side's weaker batsmen and young Fred Eccleston – making his Strollers début – gave us encouragement with some tasty leg spin. But, truthfully, the result was never in question and the oppo cantered home to reach their target inside just 19 overs.
One to chalk up to experience then, and your Fixtures Secretary has made a mental note in future not to be lured into accepting matches against new sides simply on the basis of them having silly names. Us Strollers after all are much too sensible for that...