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Paris T20 2013

Posted by: webmaster on Monday September 23, 2013 (09:48:06)   (3807 Reads)
 
Back to Standard for the annual T20 bash. We were drawn to play the British Embassy team on Saturday morning. Would we mirror previous years’ results and come bottom of the pile?
With the ground wet and slippery, the Embassy lost the toss and with still 2 players on their way to the ground, had to take to the field. It later transpired that Stuart Hollins, the Embassy captain, wasn’t even on his way to the ground; he was still fast asleep. But he did turn up eventually, with a few overs to go.

Patrick Heard and Hasha Baraiya opened up for Chantilly and showed intent as they started piling up the runs. It was an excellent opening partnership that lasted until the 8th over when, with the score on 53, Baraiya was caught and bowled Abichek for 28.

Surya Azad, suffering from a hamstring tweak from the week before, joined Heard who accelerated his swatting still further. Cross batting the ball back over bowler’s head is not pretty, but it’s very effective, and I’m sorry but swatting is the only word for it. The Azad-Heard partnership took the score to 105 in the 14th over and Chantilly were well still set for a decent total.

And along the way, Chantilly benefitted from several dropped catches – maybe it was to be our day…

The 2nd wicket to fall was that of Azad who, trying to step things up, was caught by Gribell in the deep. Heard passed his 50 with Hoyle now supporting.

The arrival of Gribell, bowling from the far end, put the brakes on the Chantilly innings. The left arm over action, with the ball going across our right handers, was just too tricky to get away. His 4 overs went for 14 runs only.

Heard was finally out, caught, in the 19th over for an excellent 68. Rob Oakley joined Hoyle and they pushed the final score up to 148 for 3.

 
Greaves and Taylor put on pads for the Embassy and they too made a solid start, scoring at an average of 7-an-over before Taylor was caught by Heard off the bowling of Hoyle.

Anything the Embassy can do, CCC can do better… especially when it comes to poor fielding. Eddy probably doesn’t want to be reminded about the torrid time he had at deep mid-wicket, but I’ve written it now, ho-hum. Others dropped catches as well and Chantilly were losing any moral right to win we might have been earning while the Embassy were dropping theirs.
Karim Valimohamed’s (only) over started in excellent fashion: dot, wicket – that over David Greaves, caught Fazal. It’s always good to get David out. And then it went downhill a bit. The lowlight was a no-ball, which was hit for 4, plus a free hit, which went for 6. The guilty batsman was Kismathan who scored a quick-fire 32 off only 10 balls.

And Karim wasn’t the only one suffering a beating – Heard’s 3 overs went for 43. This middle-order smash-and-grab had pushed Embassy the score up to 123 off 13 overs, leaving only 26 required off 7… pretty much “job done”. Credit to Jack Oakley for only letting 1 bye through behind the stumps.
Only Adrian Powell held things together with a very respectable 1 for 18 off his 4. Matt Baldwin and Ryan sealed the Embassy victory with still more than 3 overs left in the bag.

Well done to them – their 2nd year in the final. Time to enjoy lunch then settle down for some more cricket in the sunshine.

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As is our way for these weekends, we were playing on Sunday morning – against the Juveniles. Azad’s hamstring wasn’t going to let him play twice in the weekend and so we had to scratch around for some likely lad to make up the numbers. Thanks to Mark Moodley for stepping up to this challenge.

For the 2nd time this weekend, Oakley won the toss (- or didn’t lose the toss, because he always insists the other captain calls these days – it’s far safer) and decided to bat.
The starring opening pair of yesterday, Heard and Baraiya, walked out to attempt to mirror the events of Saturday. However, in the 2nd over Baraiya was caught behind – although he thought not – to a ball from Bipul. The very next ball Shaban Muhammad was judged LBW (poorly, in most onlookers’ opinion).

You might see a trend starting here. It’s not good form to moan about the umpiring, but we had a run of apparently bad decisions on the Sunday – enough to draw private and shared conclusions.

Enter the ringer Moodley. 2 minutes later and he was regretting ever having answered the telephone the previous afternoon, as he pulled a calf (damaged the muscle at the back of the leg, just to be clear – I don’t want you to think he’s attracted to young cows). He continued batting with Rob Oakley as a runner and built up a very respectable 22, caught with the score now at 68 for 3. Mark’s apparent pain and endeavour didn’t stop the heckling. After a while, due to the discomfort, he was only able to walk effectively backwards. Comparisons with Michael Jackson were particularly unkind.
The Oakley-Heard partnership took the score up to 97 before Oakley was run out (or not). Patrick Heard had, once again, been making hay. He was also run out, more legitimately this time, for 46 – a total of 114 invaluable runs over the weekend.
The wickets of Hoyle and Patriva fell without many more runs being scored – 108 for 6 after 18 overs.

Now Adrian Powell had been talking about buying a bat. He decided today to use the club Adidas and found it much to his liking! And since then he’s apparently stopped looking. His 19 not out off 5 balls included a beautiful 6 off Burgess. The fruitful 19th over brightened the end of a difficult innings and tempted the Chantilly players (well the captain, at least) to believe that 130 was defendable.

Bowling honours go to Bipul with his 4 for 11 off 4 – even if we thought he had 2 or 3 white-coated “assists”.

The last couple of years we’ve suffered badly at the hands of the Juveniles, although our nemesis Dan Erith would not feature as he was nursing a sore hand from the day before.
Williamson and Ives opened for the Juveniles, Hoyle and Muhammad opening the bowling for Chantilly. Thank you to Sharon, Mark Moodley’s better half, firstly for scrabbling around in the car to find some suitable kit, then for fielding as Mark sat out the rest of the game.

A couple of chances went down, which didn’t help the Chantilly cause, but all credit to the batsmen who showed purpose and sustained a high run rate. Chasing a total of 130 was starting to look rather straightforward.

The wicket of Williamson fell, bowled Hoyle, with 53 on the board after 6½ overs. Ansa joined Ives and kept up the pace, punching the occasional 6 along the way: 3 for each of them in fact. No bowler was spared. Hoyle kept the lid on it somewhat from his end and Hashi Baraiya span well and deserved more for his efforts. Thanks Hashi for playing on your weekend off – come back when you want. All the other bowlers all took a beating.

No further wickets fell and the total was reached in only 13 overs – a sober drubbing.

Did we manage to mirror the previous years’ results – yep.
 
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