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Definition of "Maladroits"

Not adroit; clumsy; inept; awkward.



Maladroits replicate England in historic Derby win..


Ash Retter reporting

  • v Drovers
  • Sheen Park
  • Sunday August 23rd
  • Maladroits won by 6 wickets

Drovers 198 for 9, Maladroits 199 for 4


A slightly somber group of Maladroits gathered on a glorious day at East Sheen to face the Drovers. Somber because we were there without Skysports on what we all knew was going to be a corker of a day at the Oval, and we knew Bobby was there with beer in hand. We welcomed two new players to the fold, Alec and Paul for thier Sunday limited overs debut. Boozer lost the toss as usual and we were put into the field. It was damn hot. Impressive as it was (on its own portable flag pole), the Maladroits derived motivation from the large Drovers flag flying over East Sheen common . We were going to win.


Dom relished the new ball and steamed in for a cracking opening spell. JC soon cleared the fuzz thundering in from the pavilion end, and was relentless with 1 for 28 off 6. Phil 'the tourist' came on as first change with some usual maladroit 'looseners', and was unlucky not to come away with more for his efforts. Paul joined the attack and immediately started to get at the batsmen. The ball was swinging all over the place and he was unlucky not to pick up an early wicket of the then established number 2. He kept his head after chances went down, kept a tight line and finished off with some admirable figures of 2 for 24 off 7.


The drinks break saw the start of some canny captaining. Boozer was replaced by Retter behind the stumps, the author will note now he had kept once since he was 15 - all those years ago - so what we lost behind the stumps we gained in warne-esk spin. After drinks the bowling attack of Brewer and Scoble immediately saw results, catches came, wickets tumbled and we were back in the game. Brewers Leg spin claimed 5 for 29 off 7, including a caught and bowled. A solid first spell of the year that he does not know how it happened, and nor do we.


Fielding was good, Mikey was moving round the field with speed and even dived for a great stop with his hands. He only disappeared twice aswell. Everyone was bouyed. We held more catches than we put down, only 3 drops (if you include Locks attempt to get to the ball whilst fielding at ‘not as close as punter’ silly mid).


Alec joined the attack contributing a nice wicket on debut (1 for 19 off 2). Moore rejoined the attack and a strategic 4 byes from Retter saw a suitably fired up Moore bowl the authors ball of the day and smash the stumps of a number 4 batting at 8 or so, (1 for 33 off 7). Lock was unlucky not to come away with more, he did well to keep an in form bat at the non strikers end each over. A spirited final partnership saw them pile on 30 or so runs before the last wicket, caught under pressure in front of the ‘packed’ (thought not quite as many WAGS or CWAGS (Children of WAGS) as last week) pavilion by Jim P. Drovers all out for 198. Kiwi 46 not out. Tea was taken.


Tea scored 65%, a few 'novice' 80's held them up, though battenburgh was a well received as was Mikeys ice cream run which included umpire delivery.


Retter and Christie opened the batting, both were looking steady with a couple of nice strokes from each until Retter was triggered by his own blood, no doubt revenge for the snatched drop. Admittedly it was out and of course had to be given, but... Cometh the hour cometh the man and up stepped Lock for what was to be a great knock, proliferated with lovely drives off the back foot through midwicket, and defensive shoots seeing bat hit ball, the likes of which he has not managed so often this season. The tourist gave his wicket away after a useful opening innings. Brewer and Lock put on a great partnership, steadily pushing up the run rate and taking the game to the Drovers. Locky unluckily returned to the pavilion on 46, JC went to the crease and immediately continued where his predecessor left off with some nice stroke play. We looked good, the old folk and sun bathers on the common must have noticed. 


With regular updates from TMS on the side line the Aussie downfall was our batsmen’s spinach. Brewer pushed through 50 in a relaxed and classy innings. JC batted with flair and boundaries, but succumbed on 45. Despite the afore mentioned cricket things were getting tight, we needed 4 runs from the last over. Boozer to face off against the opening bowler - he did not waver and smashed the first ball for 4. Boozer carried his bat on 60, Scoble not out for 3.


Maladroits win, 199 with 5 balls and 6 wickets remaining. England won the Ashes too.



Match Summary


Boozer- 5 for 29 and 60*

Fielder of the Day

Mikey Brenner


Ryder- He did have a big bash the night before but voted for due to a lack of other DODs.. sorry Ed..


Boozer and Mikey (68%)... Good sandwiches but lacking in some of the finer details of a great tea...