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CCC vs Pakistani XI - 22nd July 2007 (version 2)

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CCC vs Pakistani XI - 22nd July 2007 (version 2)

Posted by: webmaster on Saturday September 01, 2007 (00:57:53)   (5216 Reads)
CCC win something!
CCC win something!
Expecting as we were to play against the Hurlingham – a posh west end club – it was with no little surprise that CCC encountered lots of French-speaking Pakistanis, who, it turned out, belonged to the Pakistani Embassy in Paris. The news was accepted in stoic fashion despite the fearsome demeanour of the opposition. Indeed, when the Pakistani ambassador – a lady two years short of retirement – stylishly tossed the opening ball straight down the wicket, CCC tried to recruit her into the team, but to no avail. It turned out that she had witnessed her polo team being beaten by a Great Britain team 7-6 earlier in the day, and was in no mood to give CCC an easy game. It is worth noting that this was by far the best supported game that CCC has been involved in, with many Embassy staff in attendance and a good smattering of Cantiliens.

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The Pakistanis elected to bat and Rob, our esteemed leader, threw our best St Brice bowlers at them. Despite this, their batsmen proceeded to pepper the boundary with 4s, and snatched plentiful runs in between times. Nick the Vic took up the bowling and despite his unerring accuracy and consistency, was despatched for a 6. Our growing anxieties began to settle with the first of several fine catches during the course of the afternoon. In no particular order, Skipper Rob made a superb catch as he sprinted towards the boundary with the ball looping down from behind and above him – corking stuff.
Wicky Jeremy then proceeded to outdo Rob with a stunning catch that looked to this observer like something out of Olympic diving, involving as it did a somersaulting spinning dive of quite supreme gracefulness.

Gracefulness is not what comes to mind when describing the next wicket as a St Brice lad and our own Nick Sheperd ran in to make a catch ; perhaps peeved that St B got to the ball first, our Nick proceeded to take his legs away in a style quite befitting the 6 nations, whilst onlookers reminded him which game was actually being played. Nick made up for this moment of madness when Rob asked him to bowl – in just two overs of stunning nonchalance, he destroyed a quarter of their attacking force, with two clean bowled and a catch by Wicky Jeremy, more prosaically taken this time. Other fine catches were made by Nick the Vic and another by Rob. Before long, the Pakistani Embassy was bowled out for 131 runs with a couple of balls to spare.

After yet another fine tea, CCC took up their bats and the author, involved as he was with finishing off his tea and being enthralled by details of Mrs Cooper’s impending visit to New York, does hereby admit to taking his eye off the proceedings. It can be assumed without doubt however that our batsmen acquitted themselves superbly, particularly Skipper Rob, whose performance was heard to be applauded by the Ambassador. That being said, clever fielding and steady bowling by the Pakistanis was preventing CCC from maintaining a run rate that was conducive to achieving a winning score and indeed, when the author, at number 10, came on to bat requiring 16 runs from 5 balls, the situation did look a little tenuous. And so it proved, after 5 wild swipes at thin air, that the Pakistanis came away with a hard-earned victory.
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