Where to start? Well, I guess team selection is as good a place as any.
Celebration of Life
We were all shocked & saddened to learn of the passing of John Lovelace a couple of weeks ago. I think the turnout yesterday for this service only showed just how much he had influenced so many people here in Manitoba.
As John was a long-time member of Taverners the call went out from the President for members to make the effort to attend. Just from a quick count I figure there were at least 17 Taverners or former members in attendance many wearing the club tie as a show of respect. I was surprised but very pleased to see Horace there even though he is confined to a wheel chair. A number of people made emotional & often humorous speeches outlining John’s passion for the game of cricket, golf & life, including the President of Canadian Cricket & the head of volunteers at the Kingswood Golf and Country Club in La Salle that John volunteered at for a number of years.
Many faces from the past of Winnipeg Cricket were there, far too many to name & many that finding a name to match the face was a little beyond me.
As is our custom after the ceremony & the get together afterwards most of the group retired to “The Fox” to raise a glass in memory of John.
Taverners Vs Bengal Tigers
Feb 8 2020
Prior to the start of the game Chomo invoked Rule 135/7 (2 Poms not allowed in the same game) & sent David to bench even though he was fit & dressed to play & then included himself
Taverners bat 1st with Sid & Chris & from looking at the score card the previous weeks tactics were employed. Sid (53) hitting & Chris (-1) running on ball 6. Despite losing 3 wickets the pair scored 66 with extras. How many extras is impossible to determine as they are not recorded.
The 2nd Pair of Anil (16) & Chomo (18) again with 3 outs added 38 with the mysterious extras.
Final pair of Garvin (39) & Nigel (6) kept a clean sheet, wicket loss wise, added 51 to the total so I must assume 6 extras
Taverners total 155
The Bengal Tigers scoresheet was unfortunately incomplete when I copied it so this may not be accurate
1st pair scored 39 with 4 outs. The 2nd pair lost 5 wickets in reaching 37 The final pair were the most successful but still lost 5 wickets in scoring 44. The team lost 7 wickets to run outs. I am assuming a total of 124 as the information was not recorded by the time I copied the sheet.
A Taverner win by 31??
Bowling:- Sid 1 -14, Anil 1 – 40, Chomo 2 – 48, Garvin 3 – 31, & Nigel 0 – 27
Post game activities were as usual at the Cambridge with usual banter. Although a little out of the ordinary was David suggesting a meeting this Wednesday to institute a coup while the President was off in Mexico. Also as Nigel was going on Vacation I was designated leader of vice to select a venue for the Feb 19 practice. I have tried to be democratic & called for suggestions this has been mostly ignored so we have 4 suggestions so far for 3 different venues. Maybe we can all go to a location of our own choice & set up a conference call for our discussions.
Taverners Vs Super Kings 1
Saturday Feb 1 2020
I didn’t get to the game until the 3rd pair for Taverners were batting so the report on the opening 2 pairs will just be the figures
Sid (56) opened with Mark (2) & by the look of the score took most of the deliveries, the pair finishing with 58 without conceding a wicket for a total of 58
The Second pair Imdad (56) & Chomo (-2) both lost 1 wicket each, ending with 54
The 3rd pair Garvin (33) & Nigel (4) both lost a wicket, ending with 37
Extras were the Super Kings downfall giving Taverners an extra 34
All of the wickets to fall went to the same bowler Raja
Taverners final total 183
Super Kings started well with some controlled batting from Sandeep with some support but rash shots from his partner with some good running putting on 51 so they were well within the scoring rate needed
The second pair hit the ball hard & took a lot of extra runs but were too often run out. Imdad kept the score down by diving around & stopping potential 4s. ending up with 47 runs
This left the final pair the difficult task of scoring 83 unfortunately one of the batsmen was not up to task getting out 7 times sometime from ill considered attempts at a run. The pair ending up with 31
With Taverners more controlled bowling conceding 15 extras Super Kings ended with 144 giving a 39 run victory to Taverners
Bowling:- Sid 0 – 30, Mark 0 – 30, Chomo 1 – 61, Nigel 2 – 24 Imdad 3 – 32
At one point Garvin suggested that Chomo “pitch em up” Chomo’s next ball was a head high full toss. A little extreme on the suggestion.
The group gathered as usual at The Cambridge where Karran & David were already in place. A lot of the discussions were about the selection rules that the Prez was having difficulty locating.
Mid session a ghost from the past arrived in the shape of Kelvin who found a small slot in his retirement schedule to join the group.
Next game Saturday Feb 8 at 2:30 against Bengal Tigers