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Match 10 2023 (12th scheduled): June 29

Railway Taverners v Pimlico Strollers CC

Taverners T20 cut short by shock injury
posted: June 30, 2023

Strollers vs Railway Taverners, 29 June 2023

Our T20 clash against the Railway Taverners met an abrupt and alarming end, abandoned in the fourteenth over of our innings when the oppo’s keeper, Gavin Hudson – standing up and not wearing a helmet – received a fearsome blow directly into the face from a backward pull shot middled by Gaurav directly into his teeth.

Bloodied and surrounded by his concerned teammates and with our makeshift medics Ali and Dave rushing on with ice and water, it became obvious that Hudson would need to head immediately to hospital from the Old Camdenians ground and the match would have to be abandoned.

Prior to the injury the game was tantalisingly poised as we required 66 from 37 deliveries with Gaurav in good nick and clearly striking the ball well, unbeaten with a knock of 35 that took him past 1,000 runs for the Strollers. Following the early losses of Abhik and Spencer we had regrouped well with the returning Viral carding a handsome 32 before he was bowled, playing and missing to Najib. Skipper George too had helped things along with a handy cameo. Unfortunately though our charge was cut short so who knows what might have been?

Earlier in the evening we had bowled our way back into contention. After the early breakthroughs from Spencer and Viral, the Taverners’ skipper Reilly had simply torn our attack apart with some immaculate striking – fours and sixes raining down on us all over the park. At the 10 over turnaround, the oppo had notched up 110 and we feared we might be chasing a total in excess of 200.

However, after experimenting with pace, George turned to Davie G who bought us the hilarious dismissal of Najib, trapping him leg before and loudly declaring “THAT WAS OUT!” …blatantly giving the instruction to the umpire to raise his finger and thus undoing the centuries-old tradition of enquiring ‘Howzat?’. As he explained later, “I simply took the umpire out of the equation.” Forget Bazball, this is revolutionary stuff, folks. Remember where you heard it first.

Encouraged, George brought himself on and turned in an exceptional spell, not only stemming the flow of runs but deceiving Shingadia and Jaji to bowl both cheaply. It got better in the eighteenth over when he collected the prize wicket of Reilly, denying him a rare T20 century to bowl him too on 97. George ended with 3-23 …potentially a game changing spell.

With the Taverners closing on 166 we felt buoyed that we had gotten ourselves back into contention and despite some hiccups in our chase the game felt very much alive right up until its premature conclusion. However, at the horrific moment when Hudson was mown down, the thrill of the contest was cast aside as our collective concern took over. Few things are more important than cricket but this situation was obviously one of them.

Needless to say we all wish him a speedy recovery.

Gavin Richardson

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