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    Broncomans tour of T&T - The inside story from the man himself!

    Entry 1 - The Team

    Before i start, i want everyone to know that i think im a superstar
    trapped in the body of a pathetic excuse of a cricketer. In fact im so
    good the cricketweb XI board have decided to ship a few of my mates
    off to Trinidad and Tobago to play a few games.
    While the games arent considered Frist Class games im looking foward
    to being an exceptional performer and once again prove the the world
    just how good I am!

    While I understand that I am quite clearly the best player in the team,
    theres a couple of guys that go alright to. Firstly theres my good
    mate Samuel Vimes, a fairly handy batsman who is better known for his
    wicketkeeping. A fellow Cricketweb XI player but quite clearly not
    blessed with the natrual abilty that was given to me at birth!
    Although the side has been together only a few days Sam was given the
    honour of recieving the first nickname. "Bill" named after Bill Lawry
    for his less than extravagant batting style was at first very
    disapointed to be handed such a name, but hes growing used to it and
    by the time our stay with the side is over it should have stuck!

    Another of my team mates is John Davison, the Canadian international
    is growing a real repuation for playing in all different parts of the
    world. We expect he will be the lynch pin of the side and dominate
    with bat and ball. A couple of the other blokes with international
    experience are Ravi Rampaul and Venkatesh Prasad.

    At first we were all excited that Prasad was coming to play with us
    here in T&T, that was until we realised that Venkatesh Prasad and
    Javagal Srinath are completely different people. Imagine our surprise
    when the big fella came steaming into the crease during the first
    training session only to bowl what seemed to be a very straight off
    spinner, we are certain this so called fast bowler in fact never
    played test cricket, i think i saw Bill rowling his arm over a bit
    quicker than Venkatesh was!

    The Full squad for the next 9 matches is as follows:
    Imran Jan
    Samuel Vimes
    Broncoman
    Lendl Simmons
    John Davison
    Jaffar Mohammed
    Michael Kanhai
    Dave Mohammed
    Ravi Rampaul
    Taubesh Samaroo
    Venkatesh Persad
    Avishka Seemungul
    Sherwin Suwa
    Arthus Mandel
    Carter Poper
    Lionel Bibb

    One of my favourite players in the squad has to be Michael "Rusty"
    Kanhai. Named Rusty after seeing him batting, it reminded me of a rusty
    gate swinging in the wind. The kid can hit a ball thats for sure. Unfortunately only when hes playing golf! Who knows, we may get a score or two out of him before my stint here is over.
    I must say im also coming around to our little chubby offspiner Lionel Bibb. A hero in these parts, once ate a world record 39 donuts during the lunch break of a league match and followed that up with a run a ball century, ive seen this guy play cricket and the only part of that i believe is that its more likely to be a century of donuts at lunch!

    Its going to be an enjoyable time here thats for sure, some of these guys can really play cricket, others im not so sure about, me and Billy may even be able to teach these guys a thing or two about the game while we are here.

    Next entry will have an indepth report of the game and a few of the players reactions to having the worlds finest opening batsman in test cricket playing in their side.
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    Entry 2 - The First Game

    Well the big day arrived, here I was, a world class test batsman playing club cricket in Trinidad and Tobago, what was I doing here? Then it struck me, i need to get some runs, some way, some how! I was so keen to get stuck in i turned up to the ground with the pads on ready to go, then the news of the toss came through, WE WERE BOWLING!I was furious, until a closer inspection of the "pitch" revealed that batting wasnt the smartest thing to be doing.

    Even before the warm up had started there was news that would send shockwaves through the Toco Flashes camp, Venkatesh Prasad had forgotten how to bowl! So with that good news James Anderson was brought in as his replacement.

    The clock (the one that was working) struck 10am and we were ready to play, Samuel "Billy" Vimes standing next to me with the gloves on, i was ready to have a quiet day in the slips, Anderson with the shinny new pill in his left hand ready to go. Thunderbirds opener Xavier Marshall was on strike and the most interesting period of my illustrious cricketing career was about to begin.

    The first session of the game went without major incident, except for the moment where I feel asleep in the slips between balls, i was promptly shifted to deep 3rd man to sign a few autographs for the kids. The mud patch that is the wicket here in Toco gave few surprises on the opening morning. At 107/1 we were starting to question the captains decision to bowl first. As a well respected test cricketer i feel i should have been consulted before a major decision like bowling first was made. Unfortunately turning up 45 minutes after the toss didnt help my cause.

    Lionel "Chubbs" Bibb, crushed Thunderbirds middle order. While only taking 2 wickers, he went for barely 1 run per over. Fortunately for he big guy he didnt have to do too much running of his own either. Dave Mohammed grabbed 3 wickets of his own as we had the Powderpuff Girls (thanks to Billy for that one) dismissed for only 237. A handy score on this deck, but really the type of batsman i am we should lead by lunch tomorrow.

    We made 309, a rather mediocre score as the match heads for a draw, i made an extremely impressive 19 from 92 balls. Although 19 doesnt sound like much credit must go to the umpires for allowing the bowlers to bowl 6 bouncers an over. Eventually i decided it was time for someone else to have a hit, so after a patient dig i gave it away for the team. Samuel Vimes played a rather poor shot under the circumstances, he gave his wicket away for the team, simply not good enough at this high level of cricket. A disapointing 11 for him. But stars of the innings were Chubbs (73) and Lendal "Simmo" Simmons (66). Neither looked all that comfortable at the crease, but took advantage of the pathetic change bowlers.

    The second innings was much of the same, The Powderpuffs managed 226 and for some reason (my average) we decided to have a crack at chasing the 155 from 5 overs we needed to take outright points. We narrowly missed out on that target finishing at 0/19. With my 9 not out being the obvious highlight of the match, which included one spectacular cover driver that will be played on TV screens across the world for years to come.

    A drawn match, you cant really complain.

    The next entry will be the reactions to our first match....
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    Very interesting and entertaining. Keep it up. I look forward to reading more of your tales.

    Note that the Toco James Anderson is not the England international. He's a 45-year-old Englishman from Guildford who happens to have a passion for doing weird stuff with his hair. He is, however, a fast bowler - clocks around 98 mph regularly. He ate his vegetables when he was younger.
    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."


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    Quote Originally Posted by ash chaulk
    please dont call my team powderpuff girls
    it was samuel, not me

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    haha a great read there...
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    samuel please dont call my team powderpuff girls

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    Entry 3 - Reactions to the first match

    With the match only being played over 3 days a draw is the most likely result. Of course thats how our first game finished. We dominated both innings and have the game gone to a 4th day we would have no doubt won convincingly. While there werw a couple of blokes who surprised me, Chubbs, esceptional all round performance topping that list, a few of the guys simply didnt put in, i thought id get a couple of the guys reactions to the game as well as their feelings of having 2 of Cricketwebs finest players lining up for them.

    Broncoman: Well Chubbs, you certainly surprised me with your performance in that game, is this one of your finest games in your long career?
    Lionel: I enjoyed the match thats for sure, but the ordinary bowling certainly played a large part in my score. I also noticed you didnt score heavily broncoman, how does that make you feel.
    Broncoman: I'm jeg lagged. ill carve up next game.

    Broncoman: Amit my good man, i want your reactions on this game...
    Amit Jaggernauth: well i thought we played quite well, im a bit disapointed in the umpiring though, i quite clearly had a number of LBW decisions go against me. I can tell you im not happy!
    Broncoman: woah, big call, i thought the men in the middle did a decent job, except for their inability to judge a wide.
    Amit Jaggernauth: I think the biggest problem was your inability to hit a ball broncoman.

    Broncoman: Samuel, well here we are in the windies, what do you make of this place?
    Samuel Vimes: Its a dump and these guys cant play cricket.
    Broncoman: well maybe they arent as good as us, but they all go ok, i mean neither of us did much.
    Samuel Vimes: i did plenty thank you, i got cramp in my hands from signing autographs!
    Broncoman: yeh i know how you feel, we may have to start charging money for them.
    Samuel Vimes: ill see what i can arrange.

    Broncoman: well coach, it must be a big thrill for the team to have current internationals in the squad for the next month?
    Coach: Yeh its super. the guys have lifted since you and sam have been here, i havent seen chubbs play an inning like that since the local bakery opened, he looked like he was really enjoying himself out there
    Coach: as for you broncoman i was disapointed with your batting performance in the game, except thart cover drive in the 2nd dig was a pearler!
    broncoman: yeh it was fantastic wasnt it, you should see a few more in the 40 over game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broncoman
    Samuel Vines: i did plenty thank you, i got crap in my hands from signing autographs!

    What on Earth did he use to sign the autographs?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178
    What on Earth did he use to sign the autographs?!

    hahahahahahahahaha

    yer what where you using mate!
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    id like to answer, but unless sam can tell you i guess its going to be a mystery forever.

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    Entry 4 - The Second Game

    Well we are finally ready to play some good cricket for the fans, that boring three day stuff is over and one day cricket is about to start. 40 overs a side should make for a good close game. Im actually a bit nervous about this game, its my first game of one day cricket at any level in over a year and my quest to rejoin the successful Cricketweb XI one day team begins now.

    Cant really complain about todays pitch, only because they refused to let us see it before the toss! So with this in mind bowling first wasnt a bad situation to be in. Some good news this morning with Venkatesh making himself available to play, he should improve our pathetic bowling attack just a little bit. I'll be having words to the captain to ensure i get a bowl today and if our front liners perform like they did in the 3 day game i think we could see samuel make a rare appearance at the bowling crease!

    Venky took the new ball with some success. He managed 1/22 from his lone spell of 7 overs. The Big fella really looked wrecked after that spell and i dont think we will be seeing much of him for the rest of the tour, mainly because he was pushed out of the back of the team bus.
    The bowlers indeed did a very good job to resctrict the Thunderbirds to a medicore score of 8/164 from their 40 overs.

    Highlights of the innings included a spectacular catch by yours trully at backward point. The thing that made this catch so good was the fact I was
    asleep until the cry of "CAAAAAAAAAAAATCH" came out, a full length dive to the left followed and it stuck magnificantly.

    Another of the highlights was the spell bowled by that man broncoman. Many of the well respected journalists at the ground noted it could have quite possibly been the best spell of one day bowling sent down for the Toco Flashes. 1/4 off 2 overs at a crucial stage of the game really swung it in our favour, im not expecting to shoot right up the PwC all rounders rankings.

    Our chase was pretty easy to be honest. With players in the class of my good self we wouldnt expect anything different. Samuel "Bill Lawry" Vimes lived up to his nickname by scoring a painfully slow 32 runs. In fact he hit only 1 four in his 71 balls at the crease.
    I didnt fair any better myself scoring only 4 runs. Most of the other guys were amongst the runs, Rusty, another to live up to his nickname
    guided us home with 34 not out including 7 beautiful fours.

    Well after another poor showing with the bat im expecting the local media to have a field day. Im getting quite used to being critised for my poor and slow batting, but ive learnt to deal with it. I am really disapointed with own personal performance, but i shouldnt have expected too much being my first 1 day game in so long. But good for the team to get a win.

    Next Entry will be about our 3rd game and a few more interviews with the guys.
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    Entry 5 - Broncoman accused of racist remarks!!

    I was awoken by a phone call at 4.30 this morning with a news report from Australia. I was shocked to discover that Thunderbirds bowler Rondell Lochan had made a complaint against me for racisim! I was speechless. I am a firm believer that racist remarks have no place on the cricket field and are best left to the sound proof walls of the dressing rooms.

    This So called journalist from Australia, who refused to name himself had been given a tip that Rondell Lochan had me caught in the slips for just 4 i said something i shouldnt have. Its a well known fact that this type of thing isnt in my nature and i hold no anger towards any person because of their skin colour or their background. That is unless they are a kiwi.

    Some people may remember the work i did with those homeless children in pakistan during the Asian Test championships. I love every single one of gods creatures, but thats still being investigated, im confident of getting found not guilty though. But the fact is that while i was there i took time out of own busy schedule to have a game of cricket on the street with those kids, they had the time of their lives, that was until i hit their only cricket ball into the sewers and now they cant play.

    As far as im concerned this journalist has no creditability to me because i find it impossible that Rondell Lochan could have made such an accusation against me, HE CANT SPEAK ENGLISH. I know this for sure, because of the times i was trying to use my world famous sledges, he didnt move an eyelid, otherwise he would have been out pretty quick smart.

    I will keep you all inform of developments as they come to hand...

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    Entry 6 - The Third Game

    Its days like these that the word retirement pops into your head. The media are on a witch hunt, the runs arent coming, you are a long way from home and have nothing to look foward to. Of course im use to rumours of my private life popping up, ive put the whole racisim saga behind me and looking foward to winning some games for Toco. unfortunately thats not happening either now.

    Todays a match, another 40 over game at home against the Pos Porters. Quite frankly they are pathetic and should pose little trouble. Things didnt quite go so well, they put us in on a belter of a deck. Bill opening u with Imran Jan, fellow CWXI player Xavier Rose took the new ball and didnt look back. He claimed 4 great wickets, including that of one Samuel Vimes. Samuel's 14 from 15 balls was better than the score suggests, he looks set for a big innings very soon.

    The same cannot be said for my good self. 12 from 22 today and no sign of form. Its really disapointing to commit yourself to playing in a place like this and not perform. In all honesty i am an exceptional cricketer that should be peeling off century after century, rather than fielding questions from the media about my embarassing form. That R word keeps popping up, but the only think to do is hope against hope that the Cricketweb XI didnt see that shot i played to get out today!

    We struggled through to be all out for 171 in the last over, Immy (Imran Jan) made a solid half century, but no one else managed anything. Xavier Rose was outstanding with the ball, dismissing really poor batsman to make his 4 wickets look better than they actually were. Canadian/Australia John Davison, whos actually starting to annoy me with his ego, this simply no room for that in a cricket team, made 34 today, but he may miss training tomorrow after being hit by a stray stump while "kitting up" in the dressing room.

    Well a pretty dour affair turned into a classic! we won by a run with a sensational last 3 overs saw us conceede only 11 runs. Vimes got Rose back by taking a great catch to dismiss the tailender off that man Davison for only 5. He really is letting down the CWXI name here in the Windies at the moment. Billy also took a good catch to dismiss Fyver Deo. Of course the bowling was the main contributor to the wicket. I certainly enjoyed it thats for sure, a brilliant slower ball and the batsman had no idea! i finished with figures of 1/18 from 5 overs. Another brilliant display of bowling from an international class cricketer.

    Next entry will include our next match and some reaction to the recent shocking news that has ingulfed the cricketing world.

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    just to let you know i am not at home tonight, but i will be doing a couple more entries tomorrow to catch up, hope everyone is enjoying them

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