It may look like I’ve been a slack blogger of late, with no update for over a month. And to a certain extent, that is correct. But forgive me, because in the last month, I have only played a single game of cricket…and I didn’t even bat.
Here’s what’s happened since ‘In Media Res’ was posted:
Week 0 – Defeated South Woodham Ferrers at home. Documented in ‘In Media Res’
Week 1 – No match on account of Hockney dropping out of the league. On the Sunday, I rejected the rain and misery of London for sunnier climes.
Week 2 – Ash takes charge, home to Stock. We only manage 144 (Chalk and Turner making a slow 67 and a quick 41 respectively in an innings that saw only one other double digit score) and Stock win by 4 wickets. I’m told that holding onto catches would have seen us prosper comfortably.
Week 3 – Away to Havering-Atte-Bower. Bat first, put 195 on the board (Chalk in the runs again) but fail to defend it. Again, dropped catches to blame, but it also appears that our normally water tight bowling attack struggled.
Week 4 – I return to take charge sporting a golden tan and a glorious moustache and we head away to Southend-on-Sea and Eko Monarch and Trojans, widely believed to have one of the longest, and therefore worst, names of any cricket club in the country.
The skipper was happy to be back
We batted first and with a bad weather forecast, Cadman was promoted to open to give some early innings impetus. This didn’t work. However, following him at number 3 was Naeem, who took the sword to SoSEMT and formed a solid partnership with Chalk. Naeem scored a scintillating hundred, whilst Chalk quietly got about his business at the other end. Naeem was eventually dismissed for an Admiral Lord Nelson (111), and Chalk for 43. Some lower order biffing from Powell and Southwell took us to 259, earning maximum batting points.
Naeem ‘The Admiral’ Aslam, quietly content having scored 111
SoSEMT were never in the chase. Faced with a huge total, they never looked confident. But we can take credit for not giving them a sniff. Marrion and Ovel both demonstrated great control with the new ball. Marrion conceded 20 runs from his 12 overs, but this was made to look careless by Ovel who bowled a superb full allocation for only 3 runs. They took 2 and 3 wickets respectively.
They were followed up by more youth, in Matt Hartley and Tom Mean. Both bowled well, with Mean being particularly unlucky to only pick up 1 wicket. Hartley impressed with his confidence and willingness to flight the ball.
SoSEMT ended 145 runs short.
Man of the Match – The Admiral, for a superb hundred.
Dick of the Day – Chalk had a very good shout at this, for not having got to 50 before The Admiral bought up his ton, despite having opened. However, for asking to bowl “from the end that is uphill but has a downhill slope” and various other clangers, the award goes to Ben Marrion.
DoD: Ben Marrion
Week 4 – For the third time this year, our match fell foul to the lowered Gulf Jet Stream. I console myself by drinking Margaritas, watching fishing on TV and going to the pub.
Definitely not cricket