Newsflash: CW players gaining notoriety as sloppy tourists.
Newsflash: CW players gaining notoriety as sloppy tourists.
Sreesanth said, "Next ball he was beaten and I said, 'is this the King Charles Lara? Who is this impostor, moving around nervously? I should have kept my mouth shut for the next ball - mind you, it was a length ball - Lara just pulled it over the church beyond the boundary! He is a true legend."
After the last match I stopped worrying about my game and started enjoying myself. Everything started to brighten up, even Kearsleys spats with Camps and Gooljar about the dressing room always being fogged out. I would join in, supporting Kearsley, but then I'd be a hypocrite. The whole place seemed to have a jokey atmosphere. We were full of self confidence, having been unbeaten since the CW lads got here. We'd need all the confidence we could get, because next up are Princes Town-packed with stars such as Tino Best, Sherwin Ganga, my CW Reds mate Ian Markus and CW Blacks Dave Richards.
This match was the biggest one so far, and both sides were up for it. I joined Liam in smoking his customary pre-match bong to calm our nerves. Campos won the toss again, he's on a roll. This news was met by our one day specialist #8 batsman and long-on fielder, Kevin Adams, pessimistically declaring "well, at least we've won something today". It looked as if we weren't going to win anything else after they were 68/0 after 11. However, super Dave Mohammed picked up namesake( and I think, relative) Dominic and Sherwin Ganga. I then collected my mate Markus, Manson and Hundley, but me and Dave both collecting 3/30 from our 8 overs each couldn't stop them reaching 203 in their 40.
We started slowly, and the required run rate started picking up. Xavier Marshall went cheaply again. Campos scored 47, but far too slowly. Kearsley and Camps both scored 50's, Liam's came in just 48 balls. But the required rate spiralled out of control. I came in and struggled to get bat on ball.
It came down to the last over. Best bowled at Camps, with me at the other end, and 15 needed. First ball was drove back over Tino's head for 6!!! Second ball-no ball!8 needed off 5. Third ball rapped Liam on the pads-dot ball. 8 off 4. Fourth ball-1 run. 7 off 3. Fifth ball, me on strike, I drive, Richards fumbles, 1 run. 6 needed off 2. Sixth ball-four! Liam reaches 50. 2 needed off the last ball-Tino bowls a yorker, Liam digs out, no run. Princes Town win by 1 run!!
Hundley, Ganga and Winslow bowled really well. CW's Markus, Richards and Broadbent less so, but they did enough to make us fall just one short of their score. Kearsley and Liam batted magnificentely, whilst me and Dave did the damage with the ball. The Pirates were deserved winners and we lost our unbeaten run. I suppose I grudgingly have to go and buy Fatty a drink now.
Last edited by steds; 17-11-2004 at 06:16 PM.
You'll never beat the Pirates! Even when we are off form we do the job, when we start playing well we gonna seriously smash some teams
Dave Mohammed >>>> You
We were all really anxious to gain vengence for our one run loss against the Pirates. Foretunately, we didn't have to wait long as the three day match was the very next. We were all up for it. No drinking the night before, Kearsley had, for one day at least, stopped moaning at Liam for fogging out the dressing room and at the captain for not bowling him, and Ian Harvard, who's batting was almost as good as Pickup's , was practising his straight dive in the mirror.
The Pirates won the toss and elected to field. Whereas we were fit and hungry for it, it soon became clear that a group of the oppostion, namely Richards, Markus, Broadbent, Manson and Lallman, were nursing rather large hangovers. Slack bowling and fielding (aswell as top notch batting) allowed us to get to 181/2, before Ramnarine, Kearsley(52), Lochan and me fell quickly. However, Liam (68) and Dave (49*) rebuilt and we managed to reach 346.
When they came in to bat, Linton (2/25), Dave (2/38), Freak (3/28) and me (3/28) tore through them as they were bowled out for 157 and forced to follow on.
...and the Thunderbirds were go! We bowled them out again for 181 to secure a crushing victory by an innings and 8 runs. My 3/34 in that innings helped secure man of the match for myself, but it was a team effort. Everybody contributed, be it scoring runs, taking wickets or stopping their edges (well, they didn't play any proper shots ) going to the boundary.
My personal highlight was getting Markus in both innings to add to getting his wicket in the OD-he's becoming my bunny . Now I'll have a way to get to him when we're back at the Reds and he's eaten my pie at lunch before I've even got in off the field.
Full of confidence having got a win amongst all the three day draws, we next travelled to Marabella-a place I'd never heard of and still don't actually know where it is (I fell asleep in Daves car travelling there), but I'm told it's about 2 miles north of San Fernando.
They won the toss and elected to bat, and 8 balls in they had lost a wicket. We made them work for every run, apart from these
22.6 Camps to Carnavan, FOUR, What a blunder by Ian Harvard. He gave away 4 runs with that misfield
27.4 Mohammed to Deo, one run, The misfield by Sean Bennett allows yet another run
28.2 Gooljar to Deo, FOUR, What a blunder by Sean Bennett. He gave away 4 runs with that misfield
We managed to bowl them out for 214. None of them really got in other than opener Dimes Carnavan, who compiled 55 before I bowled him with a beauty. Kearsley started moaning again about not bowling and Captain Campos, being a fellow Aussie, gave him 5 overs at the tail so he could get 1/18. Just because they're the same nationality . If I asked to bat at 3, Campos would say "f*** off, pom!" . I was happy with 17-7-33-3, and Liam finished with 15-6-36-3.
In response, Marshall and Campos scored 135 for the first wicket, before Campos fell on 70. Then Kearsley ran out Marshall on 95. Flavour of the month he is no longer. I'm chuffed with 18 off 21, especially this:
59.2 Wilkinson to Bennett, FOUR, Who needs Bradman when weve got Sean Bennett
We finished with a lead of 108, which is exactly what they got. Dave Mohammed opened the bowling ( ) and took 5/45. Gareth Gooljar (SupaFreak) bowled extremely tight (10-5-14-1), and Mohammed and Campos marched out needing just one. It took two balls to complete the victory and we go marching on.
UP THE THUNDERBIRDS!!!!!!!!
gr8 reading stedsa, keep it up
member of Liverpool FC and Melbourne City
i'm sick and tired of getting out to you. just as well i play on your dev team. i'm becoming a huge bunny of yours
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