The Writing Is Not On The Wall… Yet
The Cricket Cup Team got knocked out of the cup. Dunc Reports thus (and so gets half a City & Guilds in Sports Journalism):
Down and Out in Downend.
A strong looking Easton Cowboys cup eleven took to the tiny historic ground at Downend with a reasonable degree of confidence of a win.
The pitch looked shiny and though worn, should be the best batting track we have played on this season.
The Cowboys fielded first, and openers Omar and Sayed are under pressure immediately as boundaries were thwacked around most parts of the arena. It became quickly clear that all fielders including yours truly behind the timbers were struggling to keep eyes firmly on the ball, and mistakes began to occur which any amount of practice would be unlikely to eradicate.
Downend moved quickly past the half century mark and beyond, and though bowling changes of Rob Taylor and Hidayat slowed the rate, it was never going to be a small total to chase. There were dropped catches in the outfield which cost the Cowboys dear, Downend’s top scorer being the recipient of most of the rub of the green.
The Cowboys took a couple of wickets, one brilliant catch by Hidayat at deep point low to the ground. They did little to arrest the run rate, and the score to better rested at 177 from the full 20 overs.
However, a potentially strong top and middle order could make a stab at it on a flat track ringed by a children’s boundary. Justin and Neil started but Justin fell early to a sharp delivery. Bolts and your scribe pushed on at a good rate until running enthusiasm got the better of the former, there was a mix up and Bolts was on his way.
A flurry of expletives and rancour followed the next wicket, our umpire conned into an LBW decision by deliberate and knowingly incorrect over-appealing from an increasingly disrespectful few of the generally well behaved bunch. Though victory was not assured, it looked likely for Downend. However, they just couldn’t resist rubbing Cowboy noses in it during the middle order collapse, some of their players becoming downright rude irrespective of the spirit of the game.
There were stumpings and a couple of clean bowlings/bowled which put our tail end out of it’s misery in the 16th over for the reasonably respectable total of 91.
In truth, the better cricket team won and there can be no argument or complaints about that.
And so onto the shield competition ‘et Bon Chance’ to that.
There was some sort of do at the Attic Bar in Stokes Croft where some people got gongs. No one has written are port though so no gold stars will be awarded.
The Saturday Cricket Team did not have a game, so tehy ahve a good excuse as to why they have not submitted a report.
A football team played in the Cupa Sandino, an annual football tournament to raise money for projects in Nicaragua. Dave Owen, verbose as ever, reports thus:
A good day for cowfolk in Cupa Sandino, good showing from the Cowgirls, and cowboys made it to the final to loose on pens after not conceeding a goal the whole tournament.
Sorry Dave, D-.
The Sunday 1st Team beat Failand & Portbury by two wickets. No one has reported but you can see the scorecard here. Dunc has not supplied a report and thus fails his 11+. Looking at the scorecard Wilko did sterling work with the ball taking 5 for 20 and Justine and Dunc did it with the bat despite the middle order falling apart with three consecutive ducks.
The Sunday 2nd Team lost to Portway by 101 runs. There is no match report for this one either, so they all fail their 11+. However, Littleton did email to say that Salty Jnr completely destroyed his thumb taking a catch and anyone that sees him must buy him a drink. The scorecard makes interesting reading, with the foe’s opener getting a tone and them cheekily retiring.