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Match 2 (2nd scheduled) 2021: May 2

Pimlico Strollers CC vs Battersea Bohemians CC

Strollers slip to season's first defeat against Bohos
posted: May 3, 2021

Strollers vs Battersea Bohemians, 2 May 2021

After last weekend's winning start to the 2021 campaign, we sadly lost out to old foes the Battersea Bohemians yesterday. Having lost the toss we were inserted to bat first and managed to post only a modest 199 all out – which on Ferme Park never felt likely to be enough.

However, that in itself represented a good recovery as in the early stages we had collapsed to 34-4 with Rob Archdale cunningly foxing the Strollers in trademark fashion with some loopy stuff on his way to collecting a threefer. Skipper Abhik got things going for us but, having hit a quickfire 40, he unfortunately holed out to Kelly. Fenil dug in and nurdled his way to 38 before falling to Stoop and whilst Varun and the Kitten clawed a few extra runs for us, the wickets kept tumbling. Mercifully late arrival Harry Brown gave us something to bowl at as, coming in at number ten, he smashed he way to a fantastically feiry fifty before he was finally castled by Olly Buxton and we closed one shy of 200.

For a while the Bohos struggled in their response as Varun and Harry gave no quarter, bowling full and fast and, after the first ten overs the oppo had only just reached 30. However, as drinks approached they began to hit their stride but were halted in their progress when Davie G (vaguely resembling an ungainly Dennis Lillee with freshly grown face-fuzz) made the first breakthrough when he beautifully yorked Jamie Buller. Hayley was dispatched soon after when Abhik took a spectacular diving catch from Rohit low down at short midwicket.

Sadly that was to be our last wicket of the afternoon as the Bohos' number three James Kelly batted boldly but sensibly as he piled on the runs and the winning line came into view. Kelly launched the penultimate delivery of the 31st over Kelly over long on and, with that, he claimed not only victory for the Bohos but also a well-earned century for himself.

However, largely thanks to Harry's heroic efforts with the bat earlier in the day, the game had thankfully turned into a closer contest than had seemed likely and the Bohos' 8 wicket margin of victory belied a good effort from the Strollers nonetheless. We'll dust ourselves down and look forward to our clash with the Hiccs next Sunday.

Gavin Richardson

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