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A few ancient reports for the winter

Gents v. Village

 

Sunday 5 June 2011, King Edward RG, Tolworth. Village won toss. Cloudy then rainy, 22C

 

Abandoned

 

Village 210-4 (35)

Gents 118-3 (16.3) (De la Perrelle 34*, S. Patel 31*)

 

A scintillating stand of 58 off 43 balls between Michael de la Perrelle and Sanjay Patel restored Gentspride at rainy Tolworth. Only 93 runs were needed in 18.3 overs when the rains came and washed the crops away, the captains shaking hands on a draw at ten to six. Village had earlier motored from a stodgy 56-2 off 19 overs to an impressive 210-4 off 35, Steve Harty (12 4s, 2 6s) and fellow Australian Nick Troja (14 4s, 2 6s) scoring 163 between them and adding 106 together. Harty took 25 off poor Sanjay Patels final over.

 

In September 2010, Villages talented colonials had inflicted the heaviest defeat by runs, 168, in the history of The Gents and the omens were not good when the side suffered a series of late withdrawals in the days before the game. Replacements were got, but Gilkes and Denton then fell ill Sunday morning, so eternal standby Ketan Patel and son Bhaven were drafted in, their arrival being delayed until dad could shut up shop, Village kindly supplying substitute fielders. Hemin Patels Accenture colleague Methra and young Bhaven became the 9th. and 10th. débutants of 2011, an astonishing 34 players having played in just 8 games.

 

It was therefore an unfamiliar side, though not one without talent. De la Perrelle and Jones bowled tight opening spells, Jones having Simson taken by substitute fielder Kennedy in the gully. Captain Gupte had his stumps rearranged at a jaunty angle by Snelling in the 14th. over as the pressure mounted on the batsmen, who were not helped by inconsistent and sometimes extravagant bounce. It was now drizzling and the bowlers struggled to keep the ball dry, sending down too many full tosses. Harty and Troja batted dazzlingly, though the latter’s sunhat seemed out of place under glowering skies. A few catches were dropped but the fielding generally held up well. Adding back the bowling extras, The Gents bowled 36 overs in 2 hours 45 minutes, a pitiful rate that would have shamed the 1980s West Indians, though if memory serves Test matches of that era were not delayed by frequent ball searches or squabbles about who was going to forsake the shelter of the trees to umpire.

 

The reply by The Gents was a real tonic for the troops as Villages bowlers found conditions as tough as their Gent counterparts. Dubey took a 6 and a 4 off Boas second over – no 6 for 25 for him this time around – though Buck edged behind two overs later. De la Perrelle, who played some sumptuous cover drives and Dubey quickly moved the score to 55 before the opener unlucky played on to Boa. It was good to see him back, though he blotted his copybook by paying his arrears with an out of date £20 note. Desai holed out off Pitcher to mid - wicket the ball after pulling a four but Sanjay Patel, having blocked his first ball, then smote three consecutive fours. He and de la Perrelle, who reminded Snelling of Jim Wright at his peak, were not going to die wondering. It was exciting cricket, loudly cheered on by the team and non-playing supporters Kumar and Sachin Desai.

 

How this unusual game would have ended was of course the major topic of discussion after the match. The Gents had some good batsmen to come, but Bowman in his single over bowled with control of the wet ball. Sanjay Patel believed that extras would have exceeded 50 during the innings. In truth nobody could split the sides at the point of abandonment. The Gents had gone toe to toe with the best team on the circuit and matched them. The wicket also attracted comment but only 7 wickets fell all day. The facilities were otherwise poor, with no pavilion open and a patchy, though fast outfield. Villages match report forcefully made the same point.

 

"Sunshine Jack" Davies on the Crown and Cushion pub next to Crwon Taverners CC (June 2010):

 

I’ve read the report which is spot on though Ryan Larby got the call up from Surrey colts (the Surrey/Hants border goes through Hale). Your reporter got it right re the pig ignorant landlady who is a right bitch from the wrong end of Manchester. I told her she’s not fit to be a landlady. Most of the old regulars now drink in the Plough and Horses up the road.

 

Village CC (June 2011):

 

The trouble with the Quents of West London is that they aren’t good enough to have a proper rivalry with us, witness VCC’s shellacking of them last year, and KP’s beating them single handed this year (with the bat).”

 

Battersea Ironsides v. Gents

 

Battersea Ironsides SC, London SW17, Sunday 27 July 2008. Gents won toss. Sunny, 28C

 

Lost by 1 wicket

 

Bowlers show the way but it’s another defeat

 

In yet another close game, The Gents’ bowlers nearly redeemed a dismal batting display from which only Denton, Sciberras and Snelling emerged with much credit. Nearly but not quite. From 32-0 The Gents had collapsed to 91 all out in perfect batting conditions with 13 of the 40 overs left unbowled, but took wickets

regularly in the second dig before Ironsides sneaked home with their final pair, two left-handers, at the crease.

 

The match-winning innings was played by Bajan Dave Greenidge, who batted over 30 overs. Though there were several likely shouts for lbw and a Hit Wicket which the unsighted umpire could not give, his was a top-class innings. The fact remains The Gents batted poorly.

 

It had started so well, with a composed opening stand of 32 before slow left-armer Rapusingha, having bowled Sciberras off his pads, ripped through the middle order, having Desai caught at point by Greenidge, Turpin in

his first game since May caught behind and Gilkes bowled. Inkollu was bowled by young Raj Augustine, Buck holed out to point and when the manful Denton fell – one of three victims for ’keeper Crooks – The Gents had

plummeted to 60/7. Chris Rudd fell for a duck on debut, but some useful runs were eked out towards the end, Hemin Patel even smiting a huge six over mid-wicket, but it looked too little too late for the visitors. Ironsides’ bowling and fielding was top drawer, a classic mixture of youth and experience, and they gave little away.

 

Mr Snelling uttered some strong words at half-time. Quite rightly so, for much of the recent batting has been limp, with undignified collapses in four of the last six innings. Denton led by example here but too often batsmen are getting out to poor shots. He pointed out that The Gents ‘field with concentration and thought but do not bat like that’. Greenidge’s innings should have been videoed and compulsorily studied by every Gent. Clearly a player of some ability, as demonstrated by his five fours, he was not above the forward-defensive or

leave alone. His concentration was exemplary.

 

The Gents bowled with gusto and it was clear that runs would have to be ground out. Only 17 runs came in the first ten overs and 25 in the ten after that as the pace of Snelling and Inkollu, the seam of Rudd and the spin of

Hemin Patel tied the batsmen down. Skipper Kennedy was given lbw off Inkollu. There would be no further such decisions answered in favour of the bowler despite much keening and pleading nor, oddly, any catches.

 

There ought to have been one, a skier off the leading edge of Umar’s bat to second slip Sciberras, but this best of outfielders dropped it. No matter, as next ball Chris Rudd had his first Gents wicket, clean bowled. Sciberras ran out Reddy, booting the ball into the stumps, after one too many risky singles but the rest of the middle order were able to stay with Greenidge as the total slowly mounted. Hemin Patel bowled Malone with the final ball of his spell and The Gents were fighting hard. Greenidge and Alford, however, proved particularly

adhesive before a clatter of wickets gave The Gents real hope.

 

In a hostile second spell Inkollu bowled Greenidge, Arud Augustine (smashing a stump in the process, absolutely marvellous) and Ahmed while Sciberras cleaned up Alford before No.9 and No.11 steered the ship home, to great whoops. Your match reporter spent most of the second innings deadbatting criticisms of The Gents’ playing ability from a grumpy Ironside Scottish supporter, who had taken strong drink. P.G. Wodehouse’s observation that ‘It is never difficult to

distinguish between a Scotsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine’ was never better illustrated as he denounced even the most blameless Gent before falling asleep. Shades of the Town Park nutter from many years

ago! Otherwise the hosts were as good as gold. This is a definite fixture for 2009. As a short-notice replacement for New Barbarian Weasels, who cancelled three days before the game and are skating on very thin ice, the day,

despite the loss, went smoothly and Ironsides were welcoming hosts.

 

Gents; *†Denton 24, Sciberras 8, Desai 4, Inkollu 4, Turpin 1, Gilkes 6, Buck 2, Toft 7, H Patel 11, Snelling 9

not out, Rudd 0, Extras 15, 91 all out (27 overs)

FoW; 32, 40, 49, 50, 56, 59, 60, 74, 90, 91

Bowling; Ahmed 1-10, A Augustine 0-13, R Augustine 2-16, Rapusingha 4-15, Alford 3-15, Malone 0-8

Catches; Crook 3, R Augustine 1, Greenidge 1, Rapusingha 1

 

Battersea Ironsides; *Kennedy 1, Greenidge 38, Umar 4, Reddy 0, †Crook 5, Malone 7, Alford 8, R Augustine

0, Rapusingha 0 not out, Ahmed 4, A Augustine 5 not out, Extras 20, 92-9 (35.3 overs)

FoW; 7, 17, 23, 35, 58, 73, 79, 79, 83

Bowling; Snelling 0-22, Inkollu 4-22, Rudd 2-12, H Patel 1-22, Sciberras 1-12

 

Putney v. Yarl, 30 April 2011

 

Putney 283-8, Yarl 222-8

 

Putney won by 61 runs

 

Putney, with many new faces, racked up a giant score of 283 against an up and down Yarl attack but, for a long time, we struggled to put the game to bed.

The game's first over was a microcosm of the Putney innings: Atkins caned the first ball for four but Dan Davies was surprisingly out bowled to an innocuous straight one. Ollie Platts (25) played support to Matt as he struck the ball with simple power in the V. He kept his head down and gave no chances as he powered to a fine 113. Simon Hooson (42) gave powerful support. Murad ran himself out first ball but Alex Crabb (34*) and Charles Sumulian (24) took the game away from an aged Yarl team whose lack of athleticism in the field gave us many runs. We went to 283. We batted well, Matt especially so, but stronger teams will be less forgiving. Three of the top eight lasted five balls between them. We cannot afford such profligacy against stronger teams.

In the field, Brooksey was frugal but Max Taylor made the break through. Max was a bit rusty but worked up So, a seemingly easy win against a weak, ancient oppo. Let's not kid ourselves: we will need much more consistency with the bat and accuracy with the ball when we come up against stronger teams.

 

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