Hide those cigars and lock up your ladyboys. Yes the Skaff was back in town for one match only, flying in from the far east for some 2007 style action amongst the most stately of homes at Tusmore park. Sadly those travelling far shorter distances couldn’t be as punctual, leaving the unusual combo of the Skip and Egg opening the batting. After some Snoopesque scratching the pair struggled to 19 off 9 of the 35 overs, leaving the proper batsmen a harder job.
Thankfully Conan(59) and the late arriving Arunav(33) and Milind(17) swiftly put on some runs and respectability to the scoreboard. Ankeet also adding 23 in a late cameo after the Skaff had departed on 5. Verger being left on his customary 0 n.o. at the end.
Ankeet opened with some bowling of the tightest order, until his back tightened too much and forced him to cut his spell after 3 overs. The Voice was in finer fettle, belting out 7 of the best with 1/30 in return. He was ably supported by Tom the Yak who also claimed a wicket in a spell of 1/33.
The Tusmore new blood was getting into their rhythm now though and a 100 partnership, most of them 6s off the Skip, took control away from the Quokkas until Arunav finally claimed Kerr, the Tusmore no. 3, for 88. Egg chipped in with 2 quick wickets – fine work from Conan behind the stumps, but it was too little too late as the winning runs came off the Skaff with 4 overs to spare.
There remained only a chance to skoff the leftover cake, washed down with a beer and a chat with the Tusmore chaps to complete a thoroughly enjoyable sunday.