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Definition of "Maladroits"

Not adroit; clumsy; inept; awkward.



Maladroits hold thier nerve in nail biting finish..


Charlie Brewer reporting

  • v Bedford Row CC
  • Sheen Park
  • Sunday June 17th
  • Maladroits won by 1 run


Maladroits 247 for 8 (40 overs), BRCC 246 all out


Once upon a time on a glorious Sundays morning the Maladroits rolled up to Sheen Park, an early start of noon meant some bleary eyes, but the Maladroits felt confident on winning the toss and electing to bat. Their confidence was shattered by some tight and aggressive Bedford Row bowling with Brewer, Lees, Retter and Lock (again) all falling cheaply. With the droits on 20 for 4 after 8 overs all bets were off a strong Maladroits total.

However, Norman-noshow-Butler strode to the crease with a point to prove- he had yet to make a 2009 appearance, and more importantly the newly Mrs NB and father inlaw were watching. In a complete turnaround JC and Phil set about the bowling attacking the bad (and much of the good) balls in a century partnership with JC looking relatively Boycottesque to Bealos majestic strokeplay. After a patient innincs of 48 Carringtons patience wore out and he fell to a fine catch.


At this point Bedford Row CC must have felt they were getting into the tail as an angry Gumbo (his lift to the ground didn’t turn up- wheel full circle…) arrived at the crease and after a brief stay he departed leaving us 145 for 6 with 19 overs still to see out. Luckily some with the suburban destroyer (Bowes) batting at 8 and the “rural destroyer” (Ryder) batting at 9 the tail supported Phil well. Bowes added a textbook 26 with Phil before both fell relatively quickly, (Phil making a scintillating 77). Ryder ensured that the innings didn’t peter out (with some help from Bobby Nelson at the over end) as he caressed a sublime 49* to leave the Maladroits on 247 for 8 off our 40 overs.


Although batting had been exciting the real anticipation as for what “Farmer Ryder” might roll out for teas. A fine spread included the essentials plus a home baked cake and some subtle touches (not seen in his batting) of Imperial Mints and Millionaires Shortbread.


The Bedford Row CC innings got off to a shaky start as “Twisty” Newman and “Bealo” Butler combined to produce a great combo of pace and bounce with quality away swing bowling. Newman took the first two wickets with cracking deliveries not seen from Richard since early Bodites days at school.

At two down the BRCC rebuilt and their left handed number 4 played a Gowereque innings of quality punishing all the full tosses that were offered (he scored v quickly..) Bealo was unlucky to finish wicketless but was ably supported by Nelson, Lees, Bowes and Lock. Bar some Riverdance manoeuvres from Retter to avoid the hard hit ball the fielding was also of a good standard. Top bowling from Ryder (4 for 46) and regular wickets left the oppo 185 for 8 and far off the asking total. At this point they asked if another bat might be able to come in again as they had only 10 men now. Our captain “you can’t not like him” Bowesy gratiously said yes and therein began one of the biggest jitters in Maladroit history as BRCC “number 11” helped himself to some easy runs and the target of 247 approached.


It was time to call on a superhero, Bowesy called on JC to bowl the last over, with 7 needed to win, and the Maladroits only needing one wicket. As expected JC bowled a wide and then was spanked over Long off (a stonedrifing Ryder- or was he told to come in?) for 4. To their credit the Maladroits kept their heads up as it looked like the game was lost and JC produced a pearler of a delivery to extract an edge from the “number 11”- Ash “Michael Flatley” Retter was there to take the catch and the celebrations began- Maladroits winning by 1 run off the 2 nd to last ball of the match!!



Match Summary



Norman-Butler- match winning innings 0f 77

Fielder of the Day



Retter (running away from the ball)


Ryder- 71% Top commitment to do on his own.

Notable Performances

Ryder 49* and 4 wickets , Carrington 48

Quote of the Day

Shane Warne's idea of a balanced diet is a cheeseburger in each hand.
Ian Healy, 1996