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Definition of "Maladroits"

Not adroit; clumsy; inept; awkward.



v Sheen

  • Sheen Park
  • 18th May 2008
  • Lost by 1 run


After the previous days match, the Maladroits were looking a little tired and were immediately depleted but the last minute drop outs of Charles Billington and Phil Cristie (named and shamed). The mood was buoyed by the reuniting of two long lost brothers in the form of Ed Watts and Marc Sydenham having been separated at birth. That and with a few fresh faces from the day before, combined with some quick thinking to recruit the local Pakistani contingent, the Maladroits were at full strength and keen to get into the field.


Winning the toss, East Sheen elected to bat and the Maladroits took to the field. The opening partnership of C Anderson and M Sydenham saw some aggressive bowling with the ball beating the bat on regular occasions. The run rate was very slow for a limited overs game and as pressure built, the captain decided it was time for a bowling change in order to try and make the break through. His decision was vindicated with a wicket in JC’s first over. Unfortunately, his bowling feel back into old habits afterwards and he was subsequently dispatched to all corners of the ground. Having been removed from the bowling attached, the pressure slowly built up again with some good bowling from M Brenner and in particular, are two new recruits – Risheed and V. Mike was unlikely not to get a wicket following a little confusion (and a very scared JC) over a catch which could have been a caught and bowled. JC’s day didn’t get any better in the field, with some rather questionable fielding and even more questionable throwing for a run out. With continued hostile bowling, East Sheen were restricted to 211 for 4 after their 40 overs.


A reshuffle in the batting line up saw Ed Watts and C Bathurst-Norman open the batting. There initial good start was quickly bought to a halt with two quick wickets. This bought about the Maladroit batting collapse and we were soon reeling on 55 for 5 with a little bit of resistance from Ed Lock’s first knock of the season (16). His wicket saw C Brewer come to the crease and with the team in need of a captains performance he did not disappoint. A fabulously controlled innings, supported by JC, saw the Maladroits write back into the game and with 10 overs remaining 100 runs were required. With 10 runs an over required for victory some more aggressive batting was required and Boozer moved into Top Gear! A knock of 94, including a towering 6 on the longest boundary resulted in 10 runs require off the last over. Having got us so close, this was a step too far for Boozer and he dully departed with 8 runs required of 4 balls. Despite a boundary from Rasheed, it wasn’t quite enough and the Maladroits came 1 run short of victory. Will the East Sheen jinx never end?



Charlie Brewer (95 and 2 catches)
DOD Chad and Phil Christie- last minute drop outs..
Collapse Scale 2/10
Dropped Catches 2