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Definition of "Maladroits"

Not adroit; clumsy; inept; awkward.

 


 

Maladroits continue their winning run

Edward Bowes reporting
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  • v Drovers CC
  • Sheen Park
  • Sunday 15th June
  • Won by 5 wickets

 

Drovers 192 all out, Maladroits 195 for 5

 

Sheen Park was the venue for the third match this season between Maladroits and Drovers, both sides having won one each to set up an exciting decider.

 

A dummy toss was had as a number of Drovers players were still on their way and Maladroits took to the field keen to avenge defeat in the first game of the season and wrap up back-to-back victories over the weekend.

 

Edward Ryder opened the bowling from the Bowls Green end and started tidily. In fact, it was a very smart spell of bowling from Rural as his line and length were almost immaculate and he didn’t give the opening batsman any width to pounce on. Richard Newman made up the opening partnership, steaming in from the Tree End and maintaining his recent hot form that has put him firmly in line for Bowler of the Season, perhaps even Player of the Year? In fact, it could it be a successful Awards Dinner for Richard this year and he has almost certainly won the ‘Egon from Ghostbusters Look-alike’ award already.

Richard took 3-34 off his 7 overs which could quite possibly be a career best. He bowled at a decent lick and, more often than not, fairly straight and full. Maladroits moved into a strong position by taking some early wickets but a decent partnership from Drovers put them back into a strong position. The introduction of Beastie and Mark Sydenham took the pace off the ball a little and offered up some swing and both bowled well despite going for a few runs off their allotted overs.

 

Captain Charles Brewer then brought on his ‘gun’ bowlers, James Carrington and Alex Lees, and Drovers visibly tensed up at the thought. Lees took a classic spinners wicket as the batsman played for turn that wasn’t there and edged it straight to the man who ‘owns catching’, Richard Newman. Carrington meanwhile continued to bowl well and finished with very tidy figures of 2 for 23 off 6 overs including a rare Maladroit maiden (there hasn’t been a Maladroit maiden since the infamous 11 dots and a moon ball incident in Milan…).

 

Drovers finished on 194 off 36 overs, a decent score but one that was most certainly in reach. Tea was taken and a fairly decent spread was laid out but with a disappointingly naive amount of sandwiches on show. However, I’m sure the two tea-makers will learn from the experience and come back stronger and better caterers next time.

 

Carrington and Brendan Edwards opened up for Maladroits and got the team off to a great start, punishing anything loose and pushing the total along. Carrington was bowled by a shooter for 25 which brought Lees to the crease for only his second innings of the season. He looked in good touch and played some strokes that haven’t been seen since the match against Ebernoe in 2003. A tired shot saw him fall for 49, one short of a deserved half century. All the while, Brewer was continuing his season long run of form by ticking the scoreboard over with an array of drives, cuts and pulls.

 

The run rate was easily in control and a comfortable victory was on the cards until Ryder and Brewer fell in quick succession for scores of 11 and 43 respectively. This meant it was left to the ‘Bevanesque finishers’ Bowes and Lock to knock off 8 in 3 overs. This was reduced to 2 off the last and the game was won by Maladroits with four balls left, a little close for comfort but a stat that doesn’t reflect the total domination by the Maladroit batsman for most of their innings.

 

Another weekend, another two wins for a team going places with 6 wins in 9 matches.

 

MATCH SUMMARY
MOM Leesy (49, 1 wicket, and a long journey from Paris)
DOD Locky (Quality but no Quantity on teas)
FIELDER Tricky (improved enthusiasm and commitment)
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES
  • Lees 49, Brewer 43, Edwards 40
  • Newman 3 for 37
  • Brewer 4 catches