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Definition of "Maladroits"

Not adroit; clumsy; inept; awkward.

 


 

v Drovers Cricket Club

  • Sheen Park
  • 20th April 2008
  • Lost by 3 wickets

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A pleasant spring day was on show for the opening match of the Maladroit season in 2008. The early signs were promising – eleven players turned up, tea was in the fridge, the boundary rope and markers were put out and there was even a rare fielding practice – and the team were ready and raring to go having been put into bat by the Drovers captain.

 

Bowes and Ward opened the batting and started solidly. They were helped by some wayward bowling in the opening overs as they moved the score to 50-0 off 12. As is customary from such a strong position, a Maladroit collapse swiftly followed. Ward perished for a decent 27 having been ‘triggered’ by the new umpire (Gumbo) and was quickly followed by Edwards, Rogers and Carrington. This brought the captain to the crease, Bathurst-Norman, who started brightly as he and Bowes put on 30 and moved the Maladroit score towards a respectable total. Disaster struck however when Bowes foolishly called his captain back for an overthrow second and Bathurst-Norman was 10 yards short of his ground (see below) having posted a nice looking 17.

 

Brewer was next in and, as his way, steadied the ship and added vital runs. His timing was good right from the off and he looks to have an exciting season ahead of him – surely a short price favourite for Top Run Scorer of the Season? Bowes was soon out though, attempting a disgusting shovel over square leg for 41 and Maladroits were starting to get a little nervous that their total was simply not going to be good enough. Britten did little to help this concern, getting cleaned up for 1, and Brenner followed soon after although not before lofting a fine straight drive back over the bowlers head. All the while, Brewer continued to plunder the loose balls and was moving nicely towards a 50.

 

Newman was no.10 and his pristine ‘Beast’ of a bat got its first airing. A quick fire 5 runs was all it was good for and this left Christie to come in and try to see off the final over with Brewer. A comical run-out robbed Brewer of a nice little not-out as he finished on 40 and the Maladroits total was 173 all out of 29.3 overs.

 

A splendid tea was then consumed but the lack of Haribo meant a score of 8/10.

 

Maladroit took to the field feeling pretty confident that their total was enough and that the Drovers might struggle to score at nearly 6 runs an over on a low slow pitch. This confidence was soon increased when Christie bowled a devastating opening spell, accounting for three of the Drovers top order in his first four overs, helped by two great catches from debutant Ward. Carrington bowled surprisingly tidily as well and managed to pick up a wicket of his own. This left Drovers in a weak position which became even worse when Newman picked up the dangerous looking opener by ‘forcing’ him to top edge down to fine leg – Brenner making a tricky catch look easy. Newman bowled encouragingly after a long break from cricket and only one ‘backball’ was registered in four overs…a new record.

 

At a score of 60-5 after 15 overs Maladroits were feeling good and were keen to polish off the remaining wickets and head off for a well earned pint. The Drovers skipper had other ideas though and, despite some tidy bowling by Brenner, Ward and Edwards (who were let down by dropped catches from Newman, Edwards and Rogers - some harder than others but nevertheless recorded in the spreadsheet) he moved the score ominously along. When he finally retired on 50 the Drovers needed only 25 runs from the last 5 overs.

 

Christie was brought back on to try and get the much needed wicket but unfortunately his opening spell was not replicated and the Drovers moved towards victory with a number of well hit boundaries. 6 to win off 2 overs and the game was quickly put to bed as the ‘death’ bowling of Bowes and Carrington was quite rightly despatched.

 

Although the Maladroit team were left wondering how they lost the game from such a commanding position, a closely fought match on a surprisingly sunny day meant the 2008 season got off to an enjoyable start.

 

MATCH SUMMARY

MOM
Phil Christie- 3 wickets
DOD Rod- for getting his throwing arm stuck in the mud
Collapse Scale 7/10
Dropped Catches 3 and a stumping
Teas rating 8/10 (Charlie BN)
Sydney Watch Crispin spent the day lifeguarding on Bondi. No lives saved but plenty of Shermanating
Paris Watch Leesy popped out for a croque monsieur before retiring for a sunday afternoon nap