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Match 10 (20th scheduled) 2022: July 20

Battersea Bohemians CC vs Pimlico Strollers CC

Strollers back to winning ways at Bohos' expense
posted: July 21, 2022

Battersea Bohemians v Strollers, 20 July 2022

After the hottest day in British history the tempratures gladly returned to more paletable balmy conditions for our latest T20 clash at North Middlesex against our old pals the Battersea Bohemians yesterday evening. The Bohos line-up was boosted by a strong contingent from the Highgate Irregulars – including several of their biggest hitters – so it was no surprise that when Rob won the toss, he chose to bat first.

But, thanks to a well-marshalled fielding display, we were able to enforce a good containment job. Rohit (Singla) and Spencer kept scoring opportunties to the minimum and were each rewarded with catches taken to dismiss the openers Brierley and Hayley. However this brought the threat of Tony Mitchell to the middle. But, after Gaurav fumbled a chance at long on, he happily clung on a couple of deliveries later and the HICCs' talisman was gone before he could inflict much damage.

However, this meant the stage was set for the much-feared Alex Gray who opened his account with a blistering straight drive and for the next ten overs he continued in much the same vein as he carted our bowlers with a searing barrage of boundaries through the leg side. Harry cannily turned to his old man to take the pace off the ball in an attempt to stem the flow and to some extent the ploy succeeded as, despite Alex's efforts to farm the strike, when he wasn't facing the run rate was naturally curtailed. With a handful of overs remaining, Rohit K was brought on and made the all-important breakthrough bowling Gray just before he could make it to 50. Ron then took a good catch off Harry in the deep to see off Richard Meier and the Bohos finally closed on a modest 143-5.

Despite menacing clouds looming overhead our openers responded well to build a solid platform. Gav survived an early shout for a stumping when he played and missed (not for the first time) to wily old Rob Archdale but from thereon he joined Ron in keeping the boundardies flowing as the pair made their way to a handsome 50 partnership ...perhaps finally burying the ghosts of the years of 'Ron-outs' that used to plague the big man's nightmares. Eventually Gav top-edged a swipe to cover and the stand was broken. Ron departed shortly afterwards, holing out to Alex for a well-made 33.

It didn't matter – Gaurav and Varun came out in belligerent fashion and made batting look easy despite the fading light which, if anything, seemed to provide more of a challenge for the fielders who managed to put down more than a couple of skied chances. Tony Mitchell was brought on to impose some restraint and he was rewarded with the scalp of Gaurav (who had been relentlessly sledged by team mate Ron from the boundary!) who yorked himself striding well out of his crease.

But by now the score had sailed past the hundred mark and, despite losing Spencer cheaply, Rohit and Varun took us comfortably over the line in the 17th over, the latter ending up unbeaten just shy of a well deserved half century. After a run of disappointing defeats it's great to be back to winning ways ...let's carry the momentum onto Sunday when we take on the scribes of The Times!

Gavin Richardson

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