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Definition of "Maladroits"

Not adroit; clumsy; inept; awkward.



Jaguars are hunted down and finished off by the droits ...


Bobby Lees reporting

  • v Jesmond Jaguars
  • Sheen Park
  • Sunday May 17th
  • Sheen won by 73 runs


Maladroits 207 for 6, Jaguars 134 All out


What a difference a week makes. The Maladroits were smarting after their frankly abject display against a bunch of teenagers the week before and were keen to put matters right. The team did this with a brilliant display in all aspects of the game and turned themselves from zeros to heros against a strong jaguars line up. The whole team contributed with either bat, ball or in the field in what this observer would class as the Maladroits most accomplished performance ever. The Maladroits posted a strong total on a slow, low wicket and then backed this up with some class bowling and some brilliant catching to win comfortably in a tough fixture.


The chances of getting a full game looked doubtful on the morning of the match as the rain came down and delayed the start. The Maladroits batted first (probably because the team didn’t want to field in the rain) in less than ideal conditions. The Maladroits found the luck that had deserted them recently when Bowesy spooned the first ball of the match to cover but the easy chance was not taken. From then on MOTM Bowes didn’t put a foot wrong in a classy 53 to give the Maladroits a solid platform. At the other end Lees’ early dismissal (LBW Ryder) brought Rod to the crease and the Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall look-alike joined Bowes in sharing a century stand for the 2 nd wicket. Both batsmen looked in complete control, with some superb driving through the covers from Hugh in particular, and the total advanced at a healthy rate.


Both batsmen made light of the poor conditions and put the Maladroits firmly in the driving seat. Rod actually overtook Bowesy to record his well deserved half century just after the drinks break as the total increased. Rod was out after for 59 and Bowesy soon followed, but not before he had raised his bat and made 53. Such good batting had put the Maladroits in a strong position and meant that those following didn’t have to worry about rebuilding the innings and could go for their shots. Mark came in and played some strong trade mark drives before falling for 17. Wes, making his debut for the Maladroits, smashed a couple of huge 6’s but was then brilliantly caught one handed on the boundary by a diving Jaguar. Further impetus was given to the innings by a fluid JC who plundered 34 at less than a run a ball with some commanding strokes. This little cameo by JC enabled the Maladroits to post a more than useful total, and it was just left to Boozer and Ryder to squeeze a few more runs out of a beleaguered Jaguar attack at the death.


Dom and H F-Whittingstall then produced the teas that had a lot to commend them for, but in a shocking sign of these credit crunch times a multipack of “value” crisps was produced. As a wise Chinese man once said: “no good cheap, cheap no good”, and the teas were duly marked down. It was lucky that well-heeled former skipper B-N was not there to witness this shameful display of poverty. The Jaguars looked to start their innings in a positive vein, but were hampered by some excellent miserly bowling from debutant Rob and swing from Dom at the other end. Dom struck first with a beautiful away swinger that was well held by his partner in the Tea debacle, H F-W in the slips. The Maladroits knew that early wickets would be the key to restricting the Jaguars total and hammer home their ascendancy in the game.


Chris Cole, also making his debut, came on to bowl and kept the pressure on the Jaguars with a good spell. The only blemish on the Maladroit performance so far in the field was Ryder’s drop of the No 3 batsman before he had got set and looked like this could be a repeat of the first innings miss of Bowesy as he looked to take advantage and punish anything loose from the Maladroits. The Jaguars looked to build a partnership and chase down the large Maladroit total.


The Maladroits fielded superbly, cutting off singles and generally backing up their bowlers. They also held some outstanding catches, with Ryder the chief beneficiary as both Mark and Boozer held crackers off his bowling. Boozer produced an inspired bowling change with Bowesy immediately claiming a wicket, the No 3 caught by a half asleep Dom and then also a second with another fine catch by Mark in the slips. In between these catches, there was also time for JC to claim a run out with aggressive fielding in the covers.


Wickets kept falling at crucial times for the Jaguars as they were put under pressure. Chris and Rob claimed their first wickets with good catches from H F-W and a diving Bowesy, and JC claimed the Tricky award for 3 wides in a row and then a wicket with another superb diving effort from MOTM Bowesy. Lees was the only bowler to hit the stumps but then took the DOTD award attempting a run out; his throw was so wild that the batsmen were able to take a couple of easy runs. This wasn’t to matter though as the Jaguars were all out for 134, well below the Maladroit total.


An awesome performance all round from the Maladroits as they won a difficult fixture in style, with a complete performance in batting, bowling and fielding. Bowesy was a deserved MOTM for his all round effort, but was close run by other notable performances from Hugh F-W with the bat, Rob with the ball and some stunning catches from Mark. The Maladroits retired to the bar well satisfied by both the result and the manner I which they achieved it.



Match Summary



Fielder of the Day

Mark Bowden


Leesy- for dodgy throw in the field


58%- Dom and Rod

Drops Ryder

Notable Performances

Bowes 53, Rod 59

Bowesy and Ryder- 2 wickets

Quote of the Day

"Is BN ever going to get selected again?" Bowesy