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June 21, 2006

Dandy Highwayman Victorious On Debut

Sunday 4/6/06

Ingatestone 215
Chigwell 216-3

Having just about recovered from a tiring and mostly fruitless tour, it was a pleasant surprise to have a beautiful summer’s day to play cricket at Ingatestone. As acting captain, I decided that a day’s cricket was not necessarily the best course of action and tried to lure the Ingatestone captain into a Chav version of the Highland games. Unfortunately, he won the caber toss and we decided to play cricket instead of donning sporrans and Burberry. We fielded first.

With Dom taking early retirement and Rob Allum still struggling with illness, I thought the best course of action was to open the bowling with Owen and The Highwayman. I started well enough with a nearly maiden ruined by the last ball that was sent over the short boundary for six. This was to set a trend of easy runs scored through the short boundary with some shocking fielding at times. Owen started at the other end and struck first, bowling their number one. The highwayman took the next two wickets; one caught at gulley by Tim Hall and the other, a stunning catch by Newars, at long on. Game on.

Brad and Tim replaced Love Monster and Dandy to good effect with Tim taking the prized wicket of number three, A Speller dismissed LBW for 56. UK Garage Sensation bowled a tough spell and was rewarded with a wicket in his last over, caught by British Beef. Tim finished his spin spell with a straight bowled wicket.

Graham and Nick completed the bowling line up, Nick bowling their number ten and Graham proving himself with three wickets, one caught by Nick, one bowled and an LBW. Ingatestone eventually finished on 215 which was probably 30 short of a formidable total considering the short boundary.

After a simply pathetic team talk by the captain, Ross and Rob Allum were sent to the crease. Ross was first to fall on 14 trying to generate runs through the short boundary. Nick joined his bro and the runs started to flow with both batsmen running and calling very well. Rob reached fifty after an awesome display of batting, especially considering he was very ill. Nick reached his fifty soon after, which contained a great straight batted six. Nick was out soon after. Graham got a good ball straight away and was dismissed LBW. Then I was out for 1, bowled middle stump. Oh dear!! Time for the Uzi to be released! James didn’t mess about cracking everything out of town scoring 30 off 17 balls and partnering Rob successfully to victory.

Rob finished on 79 and combined with Nick provided the backbone to our innings. Man of the match – Rob Allum

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