June 27, 2018 Outdoor Game report – The Bragging Bat

Match Report
Taverners Vs Cosmos
Bragging Bat
June 27 2018
Hein announced the Taverner team early to give Cosmos a chance to balance their side. The Cosmos team seemed to come from most of their current teams. Taverners just relied on the 11 fit bodies available. A sunny & very warm evening although there was a threat of a thunderstorm that did not materialise.
Cosmos batted first, opening with Ravi & Nilay & made 13 from the 1st over from Su.
Joe M bowled the next over starting with a lobbed ball that went some 4ft over the batsman’s head, but redeemed himself by getting Nilay caught low down by Vasu.
In the 5th over Chomo fresh from his  vacation bowled Ravi for 18 (Cosmos’s highest scorer) then had Vandit trapped for LBW. Cosmos 30 for 3. Chomo struck again in his next over getting Captain Kevin bowled for 2. The next 5 wickets went down very       un-Taverner like to catches, no names listed in the book but Sudarshan took one over his head one handed running backwards, Sid took one with his finger tips at slip & Hein held one low down diving. There was one Taverner like failure to a skied ball & 2 players yelling “mine” & both backing off to let the ball drop between them.
Ricky went after a quick 10, then Maninder fell after holding up an end for 7.
The tail wagged a bit with Anang & Saif getting in double figures but Cosmos could only manage 88 for 9 from the 20 overs.
All the bowlers took wickets & Sid had a wicket maiden
Sudarshan 1 – 18, Joe 2 -21, Chomo 3 – 17, Sid 1 – 13 & David 2 – 19
Taverners opening pair Hein & Sid batted steadily taking few chances putting on 64 for  the 1st wicket with Sid being caught going for a big hit for 28. Hein followed in the next over for 30 at 72 for 2. This had Taverners wondering if previous catastrophic failures were about to return but Vasu (3) & Andrew (12) both not out reached the 89 required in the 15th over. Although Ricky claimed that I should not have called a wide on the last ball “because the batsman didn’t offer a stroke”.
Taverners take the Bragging Bat by 8 wickets.
Post game hosted by Daniel at a friends place.
I arrived to see a sea of faces anxious for a beer, having sat waiting for Chomo who had requested a ride but decided to travel with someone else.
Daniel & his friends put on a lavish supply of food which from all reports was quite delicious, but as my digestive system cannot cope with anything richer than a few chips at that time of night I am unable to confirm.
Quite a large turnout with Cosmos outnumbering Taverners but the beer consumption was low but Goodies across the lane did quite well from the Cosmos youngsters feasting on ice cream.
At around 10:15 I was surprised to find that I was the only non resident there along with Daniel, cleaned up the bottles, checked the “beer pot” to find around $15 excess.
All in all a very pleasant evening.
JP

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