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Sunday, 18 April 2010

Maladroits off to winning start...

  • MCC v Sheen CC
  • Sunday 18th April 2010
  • Sheen Park
  • Maladroits won by 6 wickets

The Maladroits got their 2010 season off to a winning start with a fine victory over their landlords.. On a glorious early summers day and with the peace and tranquillity and with the Heathrow flightpath silenced for once (there are some things money can't buy!) the Maladroits were even heard to be appreciating the local tweeting birdlife..

The Maladroits inserted the Sheen batsmen on winning the toss and began with some tight bowling from Bealo and "Mushtaq" Moore although no chances came our way (thankfully for most of the close fielders..) and Sheen built up a 50 opening partnership... Looking to liven up the game Boozer called on his first change pairing of Matty and Glen.. Some sharp and lively bowling from Matty got the deserved first wicket with a lovely away swinger- Bealo woke from his stupor just in time to guzzle the chance in the slips...

As to be expected from the Maladroit fielding there was some comedy moments to behold- Locky and Crispin clutching air under high chances and Crispin running in the wrong direction when the ball came in his direction- Maybe the Maladroits could get a discount at Specsavers? Other useful contributions with the ball came from Ash and Crispin but it was Scouse who continues to surprise all with his electric fielding- what does Esther feed him before games? Fran also showed some promising signs in the field..

Sheen finished on 186 for 4, and then it was left for everyone to enjoy a fine tea. Highlights featured home made sausage rolls, some home made cakes and even some gluten free sandwiches for the "special needs" contingent.. JC and Locky held off from overdoing it on the teas to open up and speed to a 80 opening partnership- JC, in his pinch hitting role and Locky cleverly playing second fiddle to both notch 50s.

After making it look like it was going to be an easy chase the MCC then succumbed to a collapse with JC going for 63 and unlucky Matt Bolland adjudged LBW first ball.. Ash Retter added a few more with Locky including one mammoth strike into the sightscreen but Ash lamely succumbed (possibly concerned that Dusty may be coming on to bowl at him). Locky completed a fine 50 before being stumped going for a glory shot and it was left to Bealo and Glen Lois to finish off the chase..

A fine win for the Maladroits and a great start to what promises to being an exciting season with some good d├ębuts from Matty and Glen.. Next game is Charterhouse- let's try and beat the schoolboys this year!!

  • MOM: Jim Carrington

  • DOD: Crispin (for dropped catch and running the wrong way in the field, and stalling his new car!)

  • DOD (2nd): Dom (for giving a wide when the batsmen hit the ball to cover for 2 runs)

  • Top Fielder: Scouse (top commitment)

  • Notable contributions: JC 63, Locky 51, Bealo 31*, Matt 1 for 8 off 5

  • Catches: Phil, Boozer

  • Drops: Locky, Crispin