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Not adroit; clumsy; inept; awkward.

 


 

Maladroits finish season in close but entertaining defeat to local rivals...

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  • v Sheen
  • Sheen Park
  • Sunday September 13th
  • Sheen won by 4 wickets

Maladroits 220 for 7 (35 overs), Sheen 222 for 6

 

What was to prove to be the final game of the 2009 season began in scenes reminiscent of the Maladroits of early years- at the scheduled start time of 1pm only two Maladroits were present, the rest were either stuck on the Upper Richmond Road traffic, just waking and deciding whether they were late or not.. and that only made 10- unfortunately due to fading commitment as the football season arrived we only had a team of 10 for the season finale. Of the 10 who were present, many were struggling from the festivities of the Proms in the Park the previous evening.

 

Due to the lack of numbers the Maladroits were offered the chance to bat first. Although we lost Locky early on Jim Carrington and Ash Retter combined well together to build a solid partnership and selectively put away the bad balls to the boundary. They were both closing in on their 50s, unfortunately, Retter forewarned of the “Dusty” effect chose to attempt to bring up his fifty by smacking Dustys’ first ball out of the ground (it was a rank long hop)- the result- the ball lobbed up in the air for a simple caught and bowled. Wes (a loan recruit from the Drovers) and JC continued the run rate with a fluent 31 but both he and JC departed close together and the Maladroits faltered with a slowing run rate.

 

However, Klusener like knocks from Brenner and later Ryder, both reaching mid 20s in quick time gave the innings real impetus. Brenner came to the fore as a batsman and his six over square leg off a full delivery must rank up there with the Top Maladroit shots ever. He was cruelly run out at the non strikers end when his turning circle wouldn’t allow him to make the crease from Brewer straight drive. The Maladroits finished on 220 off their 35 overs. As tea was not prepared by a Maladroit for this game the expectations were lowered but a good mix was offered by the Sheen tea ladies.

 

The Maladroits felt 220 was defendable with only 10 men gaps in the field were easier to come by for Sheen. The first 10 overs saw inspired bowling from Newman and particularly Ryder, who took 3 quick wickets. Newman must also be commended for his Maladroit 2009 commitment in light of his fatherhood and the regular appearance of wife and son at games sets a precedent for other Maladroit fathers to follow.

 

Although quickly 3 down the two Sheen batsmen built a 150 partnership that never really looked in danger. None of Retter, Billington or even Brewer could take the vital wicket. However with only 50 runs needed for victory and with “2 for 11” ringing in his ears Brewer turned to Ed Watts to see if he could break the partnership- four tidy overs from Watts led to a solid catch from Ryder to make the breakthrough. Ed Ryder and JC Carrington returned to the bowling attack to try and take the wickets needed to slow the run rate and tighten the Maladroit grip. Although a few wickets fell Sheen scraped home to reach 222 with 4 wickets remaining and 1 over to spare.

 

Although a disappointment to lose this final game the Maladroits put up a great fight and although there were some fine individual performances the real entertainment was provided by:

  • Ed Ryder forgetting that is iPhone was in his left pocket (on top of his thigh pad) whilst batting
  • Tricky Newman hurdling the ball was trying to field in the outfield and tripping on this other foot.
  • Mikey Brenner being hit flush on the shin in the field when his slow reactions prevented him getting his hands anywhere near the ball.

 

 

Match Summary

MOM

JC

Fielder of the Day

JC

DOD

Mikey

Teas

n/a
Drops Ed Watts

Notable Performances

JC 63, Retter 48, Mike 24, Ed Ryder 25*

Ryder 3 wickets