So after a pretty ordinary performance from the e-men at High Wycombe, yet another away fixture takes us to blustery Wimbledon for the second fixture. The team very similar to the first game, but sees the introduction of old romantic David Holt, fresh from a week away with his Bride-to-be in Marrakesh. He came into the team wearing a questionable make shift wife beater with his guns firmly out, but added stability in the top order.
A rushed pre match training session due to south London traffic and soon we were out in the middle after a toss was made, no clue who won, but we were fielding. Glasper and Godsall to open up yet again and yet again Glasper was up to his old tricks with some cracking no ball deliveries. The opening batsmen started off well and raced to 72 from 12 overs before last weeks hat trick hero Elech trapped Turk in front for a speedy 46 off 50 balls.
From this point forward, the bowlers got a tight grip on the game, and middle overs from K-Mart (1-25 from 8) and Parry (2-31 from 8) were difficult to get away. Both bowled beautifully for combined figures of 3-56 from 16 overs, with all 3 wickets attacking the stumps with 2 x LBW's and a bowled. Before the end of the innings though, there was time for a quick over from Crabby Lane, who's run up straight from the 19th century, managed to chip in with a tidy wicket for 2 runs.
The openers then finished off the innings with more no balls from Glasper... taking that to 16 no balls in the 16 overs so far in pre-season... a great sign leading into the season of a new format where no balls will be rewarded with a free hit! After 40 overs, Wimbledon ended on 193-9 after being pegged back by the middle overs of spin from Parry and Martin... easily the pick of the bowlers.
After a half decent lunch with little variety past sandwiches and sausage rolls, and the entertainment of Holty walking at no pace spilling his drink everywhere, we turned to the batting. With no presence of the older, wiser, better looking, more talented, more respected, more likeable, cleaner, healthier, more sober, more intelligent although more boring brother Wilkin... it was left to that other Wilkin bloke to open up with Ashok. Things started well with inferior brother Wilkin trying to match his brothers brilliance by smashing the ball to all parts of the boundary, taking big runs from the get go. Bowlers were running in, then the ball flying to the boundary as a partnership of 37 happened by the 5th over before Anand after playing a delightful pull shot, wafted at a slightly wide length ball to get caught behind.
Oliver, still trying to emulate his brothers brilliance, raced to 49, when the more unconventional dismissal occurred. Whilst trying to bring up his 50 with a maximum, Oli somehow managed to swing so hard that he missed the ball... lost his balance backwards... dragged the ball onto his stumps... then regained balance... then lost balance... then spun around and landed on his backside... which can only be compared to that dismissal of Inzamam ul haq when he fell on his stumps trying to sweep Monty Panesar (here).
After that idiot was dismissed, a proper pair of batsmen were at the crease in Holt and White. Both players knocking the ball around beautifully for the best part of 45 minutes. Holty's hammy's were looking back to their best as he ran the majority of the 47 run partnership... but then young Robbie was trapped in front for a good looking 32 from 42 balls. This though, will definitely make him feel better, after some uncharacteristic low scores for Uni and County. Hopefully a sign of things to come from the young lad who generally succeeds in every sport he plays... but to be honest... i've personally enjoyed seeing him fail miserably and be brought back down to earth and get rid of that smug smile off his annoying little face!
Then approached the man of the pre season so far, the grandad of the side, Ahmed Elech. Unfortunately his partneship with Holt was short lived, as Holt's mind was still on the beaches of Morocco, when he hit the ball somewhere that i can't remember... and some guy caught it. Up-stepped captain Jones to lead the brief recovery and get us closer to that victory target, which resulted in a nice 40 run partnership, before Elech was clean bowled.
At 157-5, still 37 needed, monster hitting Parry strolled to the crease with intentions of getting this sorted early. Parry raced to 30 with a huge straightish Six and a couple of nice Fours, which all but did the job... and with a miserly 3 runs to get, some people (Glasper) was confident that Crabby Lane and Parry could see the job off... but with Lane spreading uneasiness with his scratchy 3 from 14 balls, and with Glasper all but ready for the car as he would not be required for another 2 wickets... disaster struck!!! Glasper was half way through explaining that "there's no way Laney is getting out he... Oh f**k...". So as Laney walked back to the pavilion for being trapped in front... Glasper races to get his kit out of his bag and back on!! But young starlet Arthur Godsall managed to strike the winning run and give the E-men a well deserved 3 wicket win!
Next up is ANOTHER f**king away fixture to Henley next Saturday, which is another chance for boys to hit their straps!
The final thing this week is the most exciting... The Angel Award... which will be handed to the best performing individual of a match... and this week that award goes to the hard hitting Leigh Parry!!! With 2 needed wickets and a classic Parry 30 not out... he is fully deserved of it!