VI-Kings bowlers taken to the cleaners in late drizzle
By Chris Hudson
With skipper Hudson enjoying a break in Padstow this Saturday the 6s were fixture-less, but late in the day Tadworth 2s got in touch and a game was on, although we knew little of the opposition and fielded an unfamiliar looking side with many regulars unavailable. Stand-in skipper Mark Waine won the toss but as he knew neither what the opposition had to offer nor for that matter what his unfamiliar team might do. He put it to the troops and the consensus was to bat first in what looked like good conditions.
Geoff Chay and Waine opened with Waine settling quickly but concentrating too much on dots and earning far too few off the bat; in the 8th he edged one to the keeper who practiced his Covent Garden juggling act before eventually holding on to the ball. Thankfully at the other end was a hay-making Chay and amongst confident singles he launched a 6 which almost took out the scorers and their table. ‘HEADS!’ went out the shout, but the scorers were oblivious as they frantically swatted at a wasp taking too much interest in the score book.
CRACK! went the table as the ball just dropped between them.With the first wicket down three youngsters were next in the batting order which brought excited anticipation after last week’s 73 from Tommy Bates. Unfortunately his performance couldn’t be matched; Jamie Quantick managed a single while Beau Detheridge had the ignominy of a golden duck in the book. Both had lofted their shots to mid-off where stood the only female on the field, a detail they presumably kept quiet when mentioning the excellent catches which ended their innings. Finally Jamie Stewart managed to stay in a little longer but edged one to the keeper for 3.
This brought in newbie Zainul Abideen who knocked up 20 off 30-odd deliveries and looked set to kick on but hadn’t allowed for our very own square leg umpire who shall remain nameless. We can only speculate which social media app had his attention before giving Zain out stumped – from the shed all felt he was a good foot and a half in (that’s half a metre for you metric-only youngsters). To his credit Zain walked off without complaint.
Meanwhile, Chay had built up a respectable 36 including a second six and 4 fours before being caught. He was replaced by Gaurav Bansal, usually good for runs, but he was caught next ball and also left the field with a duck icon in the book. Old hand Jim Harmer showed he still had some fine shots including two boundaries in [another] cameo appearance before being bowled. This was followed by a brief walk on part from Rahim Abideen (Zain’s brother) which saw the score nudged up to 93 before he was caught behind and we were down to the last partnership.It didn’t look good, but Tadworth had leant us the mercurial Majid Azam.
Tadworth mercilessly sledged him as he walked to the crease but his batting proved to be far better than their sledging and with Supathi Panchal, on at number 11, we were about to enjoy the partnership of the innings. The pair batted excellently putting on 78 with 3 boundaries from Majid and 7 from Supathi taking the score up to a respectable 171.
After tea our bowlers worked tirelessly but struggled as the clouds darkened and a few overs in the drizzle arrived – all movement from the ball disappeared – the seamers couldn’t seam, the spinners could find no grip, no wickets were forthcoming and Tadworth eventually reached their target with a very wet ball. Actually, after tea their opening pair took our bowlers to the cleaners, not helped by a bit of drizzle, reaching 172 at 9.5 per over and winning by 10 wickets. Character-building.
Ultra posse nemo obligatur