Wantage and Grove CC 102/2 bt Quokkas CC 101 (Shandy 30) by 8 wickets
A confident Skip won the toss and put us into bat. A less confident Skip followed Faggy and Evil Dave back to the pavillion with us 26-3 and no-one troubling double figures. Rage, Shandy and Snoop then proceeded to bore the life out of the watching crowd by scoring even slower than the speed Chief was bowling. That was slow. Even slower than the ambling between the wickets. Never seen batsmen turn easy twos into singles with such aplomb.
Plodding along at 2 an over they were at least putting on a small total. That’s until Shandy ran the Gymnast out and the our usual collapse started in earnest, Binman, Brett and the Professor adding a few to take us to a pitiful total of 101 off 32 overs. At least we got a few beers in from the bar.
An usually subdued Quokkas opened up after tea with an all Fagberg attack, and Senior had obviously been teaching Junior his full range of beamers and half-trackers. Brett’s first Quokka wicket coming off one that might have pitched 10 yards behind wicketkeeper Prof, had the batsmen not baseball slogged it to an alert Shandy at square leg. That was about that though. Led by Steve the Pirate with a fine 50, Wantage comfortably jogged along a 5 an over despite the introduction of Evil Dave and the Binman, Shandy and The Egg not quite getting to a couple of tough chances in the field. Gymnast came on to turn his arm over to good effect but by then it was too late. An easy victory for Wantage due to our sub-standard total.
That said, the highlight of the game was Gymnast running full pelt at deep mid-wicket to catch Steve the Pirate’s lusty heave. A fine catch, worth a perfect 10.00 in any competition. Second on the list would be mini-Rage joining his Dad in the field on Fathers day for the final overs after the Skip was injured
drinking too much beer pulling a muscle.
Always a pleasure playing Wantage and our lacklustre performance meant we got home in time for the footlball as well. Silver lining and all that, eh?
POST MATCH NOTE: Due to the cancellation of the Trailfinders game this was the day Shandy played his last ever game for the UK Quokkas, surely a day that will be remembered for generations to come…
It will always be fondly remembered as ‘THE DAY SHANDY CAUGHT A CATCH!’