Cricket Is Here

28/04/2011

The Suburbans drew 1-1 with 2nd in the league Lawrence Weston.

30/04/2011

The Suburbans beat Ridings High 3-2. With two games left the Cowboys are chasing second place but it will be tough because one of those games is against division champions Little Stoke.

The Saturday A Team lost to Torpedo 0-2. The As finish the season in 6th place played 26 won  11, drew 2, lost 13, GD 12, pts 35.

The Saturday B Team Beat Portland Old Boys  2-1. The Bs finish the season in 11th place played 26, won 8, drew 5, lost 13, GD-26, pts 29.

The Saturday Cricket Team got hammered by Shepton Mallet by 7 wickets. Congratulations to Dave B who scored a century on debut. This being his debut nobody knew who he was. TT reports thus:

The Easton Cowboys Saturday XI were eagerly anticipating the commencement of their campaign in Division Three, up bright and early and waiting at Frenchay for the opposition. And waiting. Leaving aside comments about whether our new friends in the south had enough agricultural diesel to drive their tractors to the big city, there was mention of the regulations pertaining to late arrival and the forfeiture of the right to toss.

Naturally, new skipper Joe wasn’t so churlish as to deny the Shepton Mallet captain the opportunity when they eventually arrived, by which time the Cowboys were nicely warmed up and ready to bowl. The opposition duly won the toss and put the Cowboys into bat.

Angelo and debutant Dave B navigated through the opening overs, cautious of the variable bounce and pace of the hard oatmeal wicket. When Angelo departed after hitting three boundaries, Ben continued the Cowboys’ circumspect approach as the total crawled along. Having done a lot of hard work before he was eventually caught out, he was replaced by Evan who joined an increasingly solid looking Dave. Together they forged a steady partnership, then both cut loose to launch sixes and distribute the ball to all corners of the fast outfield.

When Ev was stumped attacking the ball, Kahlu did well to continue and build upon the momentum, hitting six boundaries in his 32 not out and unfortunate to miss out on more, thanks to some very competent fielding by the opposition. Meanwhile, at the other end, Dave had cruised well past fifty and as the innings approached its conclusion the big question was whether he’d get enough of the strike to make it to a century. This he answered emphatically in the final over, with one of the flattest sixes possible, punched powerfully over point: It was a remarkable performance and having carried his bat, he remained not out on 104, from a respectable and defendable innings total of 198 for 3.

Joe did well to shoulder tea responsibilities in addition to captaincy and somehow just managed to make it feed the multitude. Buoyed by this and the welcome vocal home support and scorer, the Cowboys took to the field.

Disconcertingly, the runs came easily to the opposition batsmen who used the pace of the ball and outfield to their advantage, seeing off Joe and Rich’s opening attack. When the breakthrough finally came with Gretch taking a catch behind the stumps, bowler Ev barely noticed and had already started back to his mark. Fortunately, other fielders and the sporting batsmen were more aware, the former joining in muted celebration as the latter left the field.

As the flow of runs continued unabated, it was becoming clear that the Cowboys were not alone in having a solid, aggressive opening batsman who was also capable of finding the aerial route to the boundary. There was little in the pitch for the bowlers who found themselves buffeted by a strong crosswind which didn’t help their cause and after a spirited but fruitless spell by Rob, your correspondent was called upon to replace him at the top end while Kahlu tried from the other.

A rare false shot facilitated a caught and bowled while Kahlu was eventually rewarded with the scalp of the opening bat, who departed for 91, thanks to Ben’s excellently judged catch in the deep. Unfortunately the runs kept coming, the more so from the seventh and eighth bowlers to be called upon as the batsmen found the boundary with increasing regularity and in the 31st over the opposition overhauled the total for the loss of three wickets.

Any euphoria from the earlier Cider Moment of Dave’s ton-reaching six had all but evaporated, as had Dave, clearly alarmed by the demands on his wallet made by the other jug-expecting Cowboys, who’d also voted him Man of the Match. Nevermind, there were lots of positives, our new friends in the south were sound, Rich got the barbecue out and did things to bits of pig, there was beer and dubstep on the way back to the Plough and your correspondent hadn’t yet realised that despite a bag of ice his ankle was the size of a melon.

Scorecard

This report originally appeared on Green Lung

01/05/2011

The Sunday Cricket 1st Team lost to Churchways 2nd by 3 wickets. The Cowboys batted 1st and hit 197 for 9 wickets. Justine scored 50 and Dunc scored 59. The foe got them for the loss of 7 wickets in 33.2 overs. Hidayat was the pick of the bowlers getting 4 wickets for 30 runs. For more details see the scorecard.

The Sunday Cricket 2nd Team lost to Cheddar by 92 runs. The foe batted 1st and scored 273 runs for the loss of 4 wickets with their number 3 getting 114. Mackie was the pick o f the bowlers getting 2 wickets for the lost of 26 runs. The Cowboys got to 181 for 7 in their 40 overs with Bernet getting 55. There was also some furious arm flapping as the foe bowled 31 wides, 14 of them coming from just one bowler. More details from the scorecard.

02/05/2011

The Friendly Cricket Team played 1-in-12 but as of the time of writing no news of the result has reached this parish.

Fantasy Football

Dave Owen reports:

A low scoring week for Fid and Wayne in the semi-finals, leaves two of this seasons FF titans to battle it out in the final.

Beedeviled 18 vrs. 30 Los Zapatos
Simba FC 6 Vrs.  30 Ashley Sands

The final will be  Los Zapatos Vrs. Sands

Team Name Manager Pts
Ashley Sands Ashley Sands 1057.5
Los Zapatos Zoey Exley 1042
Male Quorn Stars Kevin Davis 1038
Las Danish Davinos y Owinos David Owen 1036.5
Clean Kits Steve Williams 933
The Gas Heads Liam Bull 926.5
The Jack Offs Jack Kelly 885.5
Freaks Stu Greenwood 864
Williams and I Paul Smith 861
11 Fat Ladies Pete Moor 848.5
The Invisibles Brendan Tate 845
Macca’s Joe McAllister 838
Simba FC Fadhili Maghig 820.5
Perspolis Paul Murray 791
The House that Jack Built Jack Daniels 780.5
The Roosters Carmine Notaro 766.5
Sad Puppets Steve N 755.5
Beedeviled Wayne Kelly 739
The Rockets Will Sanzo 737
Managers winning team Mark Inskip 706
Weaver Las Vagas FC Ben Weaver 703.5
Kajagoogoo Richard Dixon 684
Football Utd Chalky 641.5
Were not me ref Marcus 641.5
Scratch IV Ali Dale 609.5
Ianian and the Cowgirls Ian Riddell 602
The South-Western Mule Boys Gail Wilson 597.5
Under Achievers Phil Arnold 597.5
I’m with stupid Ciaron McIntyre 597
Walby’s Select 4 Russ Walby 566.5
Benny’s Giants Ben Rose 557

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>