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Definition of "Maladroits"

Not adroit; clumsy; inept; awkward.

 


 

Maladroits given early season dusting down..

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Bobby Lees reporting

  • v Sheen
  • Sheen Park
  • Sunday April 19th
  • Sheen won by 46 runs

 

Sheen 166 all out, Maladroits 120 all out

 

A bright and sunny day saw the Maladroits take the field for their opening fixture of the season against their old foes and Landlords, Sheen Park. Amazingly, the team was ready on time with barely a hangover in sight, and Ed Ryder even arrived early for the first time in living memory. Skipper Boozer won the toss and decided to field first and take advantage of early season movement on a green tinged wicket. After the short matter of removing the dog turd from first slip, the match could get under way. Ryder and Syd opened the bowling and both produced tight opening spells. Ryder, increasingly resembling his portly namesake Jesse, was well rewarded for his accuracy by bowling the opener.

 

The first bowling changes saw Tricky and Bowesy come into the attack, with both producing their usual varieties of deliveries. The scoring rate was fairly slow at this stage as early season nerves and tight bowling backed up some good fielding restricted the Sheen batsmen. Bowesy picked up a wicket with a fine catch by debutant and fielder of the day Wietse, but then promptly dropped a chance off his own bowling. The very next ball from the other end another chance went down as Jesse grassed one in the slips. Slip catches are never easy, but perhaps the Maladroits would have been better off leaving the previously mentioned dog turd in the slips instead. Ryder was soon able to make amends as he hung on to an easier chance and Sheen were 3 down and the Maladroits on top.

 

Sheen were then able to build a couple of partnerships in the middle order, with their number 5 batting especially well for his 50. Some excellent bowling by MOTM Chris slowed down the run rate, and the other bowlers (Lock, Lees & Syd) all picked up a wicket each. Ash took a couple of good catches and maintained the general standard of the Maladroit fielding. Proud new father Tricky came back on with his usual mixture of beamers and jaffa’s and was able to remove the danger man with a great delivery after he scored his 50. Ryder and Chris bowled well at the death and Sheen was restricted to what looked like a gettable total of 166.

 

The tea laid on by Bowes and Lees was enjoyed by the two teams and set the standard for the rest of the season. The Maladroits started their innings in good spirits after a pleasing display in the field, but they soon found things hard going on the early season pitch, and openers Andy and Ash had to contend with some accurate bowling. Wickets soon fell and the Maladroits were also struggling to make head way on the score board. Andy, Ash & Locky were soon back in the hutch for not many, and it was only the arrival of the ever stylish Bowes to steady the ship. Wietse, on his cricketing debut, did not quite have enough time to display his baseball hitting and was quickly followed by Lees in the pavilion.

 

Ryder came to the wicket with the intention of halting another Maladroit collapse. Unfortunately Bowes couldn’t stick around with him as he scooped up a delivery from the infuriating Dusty to mid wicket. Skipper Boozer provided Ryder with a much needed ally, until he was caught as well off the Moon Ball specialist. Ryder showed the rest of the team the application that was needed, but was out on 35 as he tried to increase the run rate.

 

MOTM Chris Hale soon blotted his copy book and earned himself the DOTD award by becoming Dusty’s 3rd victim when he inexplicably missed a pee roller. The bizarre dismissal just about summed up the Maladroits batting effort and they rolled over far too meekly to the Sheen attack. There was just about enough time for Tricky to prove that he still hasn’t mastered the art of running between the wickets yet as Syd called him through for an easy single he never made and the Maladroit were all out for 120. Whilst the Maladroits bowled and fielded well, they were let down by some distinctly average batting. Apart from Ryder, no one showed the application needed to chase the total and the Maladroits lost a game that they felt they should have won after their good display in the field.

 

 

Match Summary

MOM

Christian Hale

Fielder of the Day

Wietse

DOD

Christian Hale

Teas

88% Highlights: Scones, Home baked cakes, Biltong

Notable Performances

Christian Hale- 2 for 11 off 7, Ed Ryder- 35

Drops

Ryder (2), Boozer, Bowes

Quote of the Day

“if we are going to lose 1 game then it might as well be the first 1” - Boozer