I feel it important to preface this report with something my dear parents told me when i was growing up – “if you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything” – so this report will be tempered somewhat. And as online correspondence can be leaked (see US, French or English politics) i do not want any individuals to be publicly maligned or shamed over obvious discriminatory team selection decisions.
Where to start? Well, I guess team selection is as good a place as any.
Following the advice of, I believe, an ex captain the team was selected based on nationality or place of birth – one player each from NZ (Sid), England (David), Malaysia (Chris), Sri Lanka (Chomo), Guyana (Garvin) & Buxton (“I’m fucking tough” – Martin). Some controversy in selection was the fact that one ‘deadwood’ who had flown 13,000 miles, made himself available for selection and was ignominiously ignored by the selector. This was made abundantly clear when, after at least 6 (the # required to field a team) had answered the original selection call a plaintive plea was sent out, by the selector, for another player. This club member, being a Canadian citizen, also would have qualified under the nationality rules. Despite what Mr Roberts asserted, post game, that said ignored player wasn’t like an elephant and would soon forget this slight – rest assured he will remember!
Now, the game…unsure of who won the toss but Taverners batted first after getting the umpire to stop his batting practice 10 mins after the official start time.
Sid & Chris got the innings off to a good start with a total of 63 with Sid 57, Chris -1. Good running on the 6th ball ensured that Sid saw the bulk of the bowling.
Next up were Chomo & David who put on a total of 36 – Chomo 27 & David 6 both sharing the strike.
Garvin 30 & Martin 11 added 39 to the score to leave Taverners with a total score of 138. Would this be enough?
Despite some wayward bowling from the captain and David the first pair were held to 48 runs.
The next pair made it obvious from the start that they were going to be running and eventually ended up with 63 runs. I believe it was during this pairs innings that David, from the back wall, threw down the wicket at the other end for a runout. A fine piece of fielding even if he could’ve walked in and runout the batsman at the bowlers end much easier…
The last pair came to the wicket needing 28 to win. A maiden over from Sid added some pressure to them. Finally, Chomo bowled an over with single digits to keep the pressure on. I wasn’t really paying attention to how many needed in last over but it fell to David to try and get a couple of wickets early from the last over…instead 2 deadballs – 1 heading straight to sidewall, the other very close to it and 9 runs from the over saw the last pair end up with 34 and team score of 145…a win by 7 runs.
A few misfields, a couple of errant balls and an inability for running between wickets when batting were the difference. What may – and I emphasize may – have made the difference when batting was having deadwood that can run like a gazelle in the batting lineup. But we will never know.
Sid, 4 overs, 27 runs, 0 wkts
Chomo – 4 overs, 42 runs, 0 wkts
Garvin – 4 overs, 30 runs, 1 wkt
David – 2 overs, 27 runs, 0 wkts
Martin – 4 overs, 35 runs, 2 wkts
A good turnout at Cambridge with all players and 2 deadwoods in attendance.
As per usual the conversation ranged from do you wear underwear or go commando when wearing elephant pants from Thailand -the news of sex robots with AI, team selection, masters rugby and how far is it from Las Vegas to San Diego as Sid wants to sightsee on way to or from Denver, over 45 cricket tourney in Toronto, the lifelong Taverners cricket tour when Sid wins the lottery. At some stage, and I have forgotten why, Martin from Buxton blurted out “I’m fucking tough’…
It was a fun 3 or 4 jugger afternoon with the typical irreverant Taverner conversations and the author looks forward to attending another before he departs this cold, barren province for warmer climes again.