Reports are intended to convey an entertaining picture of the day’s play. No disrespect is meant, but if on occasion we misjudge matters, please take it in the friendly and humorous spirit in which it is intended.
Unfortunately, Hotty Hotterson from Hotspur decided not to turn up at the Meadow instead leaving the ground in the capable but miserable hands of Wetty Weterson from Wetson Super Mare, Skip looked at the sky and surveyed the rain and the blanket grey sky nodded to the Hyde heath Skip and said, ‘let’s play cricket’.
The toss was incredibly won by Skip, simple decision bowl first.
The first 10 overs of this 30 over game were reminiscent of watching Bambi try to get up as footings were lost and run ups were reduced to a slow steady canter, Toobes from the railway end and Josh from the Pavilion end.
It is fair to say that batting was rather difficult but that didn’t stop the opening bat for HH carting one round the corner into Joshes welcoming hands, a very nice catch. Josh meanwhile decided to get into the wicket taking game as the number two bat edged it to the muddied spectacle of the Pelicans wicket keeper Mr Simon Tickler himself.
The opening bowling spell came to an end with 5 overs apiece a wicket apiece and a combined run total of 28, a tidy spell.
Following on from the dynamic duo and coming back to The Meadow was the man himself Jaffar, enjoying the British weather of steady rain Jaff unleashed his bombs on the unsuspecting Hyde Heath batsmen. As the ball skidied anad darted about it looked like he would leave the bowling arena without a wicket ….but no the HH bat smashed the ball into Tickles willing hands and the Pelicans came running in to congratulate Jaff, a lovely piece of work.
Unfortunately, the batsman stood his ground, Tickles enquired politely as to why he had not walked… apparently, the noise of leather on bat was indeed a distant curlew, high in the Bucks moorland calling its mate.
Jaff left the bowling arena with a very respectable 5 overs for 20 runs.
Supporting Jaff was our own Kiwi NVDP, his spell of 5 overs for 34 runs contained two moments from either end of the cricketing spectrum, cricket at its best and cricket at its …shall we say unconvincing.
With the batsmen having a go at NVDP as he bowled his combination of mole balls and meteors the HH bat finally got a hold of a ball and sent it back to Nico at hand height but rather quick. Now I will let you decide which end of the spectrum Nico was going to plant himself at as he took evasive action and ducked out of the way of the ball.
Meanwhile in a parallel universe where all the laws of cricket physics are turned upside down Waz fielding in gully saw a looping ball disappear over his head, looking like a deranged spider monkey Waz sent one hand up to the heaven’s whist running backwards and much to the surprise of everybody not least himself caught one handed the HH batsman, unbelievable.
With the second spell finished and the Heath on 82 it was time for Waz and JG to bring the game home, in this spell the HH batsman from Easter Island finally was out a great run out from Josh, whilst Josh once again took another fine catch to dismiss the HH bat who had taken quite a liking to the bowling fare.
With JG’s spell finally finished, Raheel came on to bowl out for Waz as Skip wanted to keep the score below 200. Finally and thankfully the game ended with the Heath on 167 off 30 overs, a fine batting performance in pretty bad conditions.
Tea was a great affair from Ali who served up a fine curry, a warm meal that was readily consumed.
With the conditions still abysmal Raheel and Josh went out to set a foundation, that foundation eventually held a ground floor and then a second floor and for good measures a roof, yes, they brought it home without the loss of any wickets. Raheel scoring a masterful 90, and seeing off a three-foot child in the proceedings and Josh a larruping 63 as he sent the ball for 6 in varying body positions.
With very wet kit but spirits high the Pelicans notched up another victory, roll on Prince of Wales Marsh…..we can’t lose.
With hopes held high the Pelicans were welcomed to LMCC to continue what would be a season of victories.
With the toss won by Skip the obvious decision was bowl first, much to the surprise of the team.
Opening up for the Pelicans were the two dependable bowlers of Toobes and Has, on this 40 over game a miserly batting display would no doubt ensue.
Now I won’t bore you with the details but Has’s first 5 overs produced a very respectable return of only 21 runs, unfortunately Toobes was on the receiving end of said God, Mr Carnage as he was launched out of their ground and into next week on numerous occasions, indeed the second over itself went for 20 runs which as I am sure a number of you mathematicians will have already noted was 1 less than Has’s 5 over spell. Let’s be honest Toobes had managed to find the perfect arc of the left-handed opener and for reasons known only to him continued to feed that arc. With 10 overs completed LMCC had amassed 74 runs and the Pelicans were staring down a score of circa 300 runs, well they would have been if every bowler was as incompetent as Toobes thankfully they were not.
Enter the Dragon…..Amir…. deciding to reduce the LMCC opening pair to something under 800 he set about bowling in a fashion Toobes could only admire combining accuracy with wickets, three infact as he took out the left-handed opener that had feasted on Toobes a great catch by Josh not surprisingly on the boundary and the number 4 bat clean bowled. Not happy to take the plaudits for two wicket Amir then clean bowled the number 6 batsman.
Whilst this display of bowling perfection was taking place a cricketing vision was ably playing a significant supporting role of magic….. step forward New Zealand’s finest, Nico Gandalf Van De Lillee, no grey wizard here a full on white one. The 8 over spell produced figures of 2 wickets for 34 runs, the first one being the number three bat who edged it to Sweep Tony behind the stumps who would go on to snaffle a further two victims, and a clean bowling of the number 5. It must be said that Nico is renowned for bowling well for circa 4 overs and then the wheels have a tendency to wobble off, apart from the beamer which cleared the batsman by about 8 feet in the 6th over everything else was on the money. Between them they pinned LMCC back into the column of chase-ability for the Pelicans.
As the game entered its final overs Raheel took to the crease and delivered a typically Raheel spell 5 overs 18 runs one wicket, the one wicket was of the number two bat who had amassed 75 runs, excellent bowling.
Supporting Raheel from the opposite end we had Amir finishing his spell to finally return figures of 8 overs 3 wickets for 32 a fantastic spell of bowling , and Hasan who finished his spell off by claiming his first wicket. Supporting Has the Pelicans brought in the secret weapon that is Waz. With flight and guile, it is fair to say he kept the LMCC batsmen guessing as to where the ball would pitch or indeed if it would. It was this tactic that saw the number 8 bat caught behind once again by Tony who was having a good day in the office. Following Has, Toobes came back into the fight and the teams joy and support was there to be heard as shouts of is there anybody else available.
The LMCC innings was finally wrapped up and a score of 197 posted.
Now before we leave the GMPCC fielding display there must be a few notable shout outs.
First is to Josh who having given Asad a small amount of Joshy ribbing for missing an easy over the shoulder skier that was about 20 yards from him, Josh too missed a to the side of his shoulder skier that dropped out of his hands.
Second, complementing Nico’s bowling was his own unusual fielding technique which basically revolves around using any other part of his body to stop the ball apart from his hands, indeed the knees are this modern-day Jonty Rhodes particular weapon of choice.
Thirdly, I won’t try and describe Waz’s attempt to catch the LMCC batsman out other than to say the look of terror and skill to dodge that ball were an example for all those people out there thinking of heading to Ukraine and keeping clear of Russian snipers.
With tea taken the Pelican opening pairing of Asad and Raheel were sent out to set a solid foundation.
Unbelievably after 10 overs these two giants were ahead of the run rate by 5 runs, it’s fair to say Skip was sitting a bit easier in his bench which as everybody knows is the time things don’t quite happen as planned, Raheel pinged LBW for 21. Stepping forward in the number three spot we had Joshy B not some Philly rapper but our own opening bowler. Now I would like to say that Josh plays a patient sort of batting, but I would be completely lying as the desire to take the leather off the ball becomes too great to control. Having said that all those spectators do witness a fun filled batting display which this time came to an end after 20 runs, bowled going for a shot that would have no doubt yielded 12 runs.
Whilst this was going on Asad was doing what Asad does best namely smash the living daylights out of any ball marginally off target. The inning was notable with some truly sumptuous sixes which were a joy to watch, unfortunately the inning came to an end too quickly as he was caught out on 47. A great knock by the Black Prince himself (not my name).
With Ali and Tony out at the wicket it was hoped that some semblance of normality would ensue, and indeed it did as Ali smashed a ball for 4 and then was out, mind you Tony on the other hand in his year away has added a second shot to his armoury namely the cut to go alongside the legendary sweep. Looking imperious at the crease Tony started to guide the good ship Pelican to a winning total, unfortunately Amir couldn’t keep with him for too long and after 27 runs were on the scoreboard Tony too decided to depart the field leaving Iceman ready to take up the task of potential victory alongside Hasan. These two settled in nicely as Hasan started doing what he does best which is guide the team home even after Icey departed quickly followed by Toobes and Nico, leaving Waz left.
After carefully selecting his shots keeping as much of the strike as possible it was only a matter of time when a brain fade moment would happen and with 4 balls still to be bowled Has went for a single, the smacking on his head with the bat tended to give it away that Has thought he had made a slight boo boo, and so it was as poor Waz was skittled.
20 runs short but a thoroughly enjoyable game against great opposition.
Put optimism and sunshine in the same box, give it a shake and you have Pelicano run of ONE victory.
As the sun shone down on the Meadow Skip and his opposite number strode out surveyed the wicket and tossed for who would bowl first. The Pelicano Skip was victorious and surprisingly elected to bowl, this was not the only surprise to happen half an hour before the game, oh no, the bigger surprise was Raheel and Yusuf turning up also half an hour before the game…..was this an omen.
The Pelicans opened up with Toobes and Hasan, Has was gracing us with his presence until his real friends in the Asian league called him.
The bowling was tight and after 10 overs the Fleet Street Strollers had amassed 17 runs, but for no loss of wickets. With Toobes exhausted after 5 overs he was replaced by the ever-calm Amir. Hasan was also replaced by the mighty JG. The bowling continued the run rate slightly increased and Toobes had that dangerous feeling which is akin to dark clouds gathering namely ‘comfortable’.
As JG’s spell of 5 overs came to an end Amir continued to his full eight, both of these mighty Pelicans went for 28 runs and really the only excitement to report was the run out which to be fair had been waiting to happen for some time.
When the oppo are hanging around and scoring steadily that is the time Skip calls for the King Of Spin himself, with his fingers fidgeting and twirling like a gyroscope that Spin Warrior of Magic surveyed his arena and stared down the FSS opener who had now moved onto 35. Mohammad Kashmiri Fairweather took only a couple of balls to lob a twirler of unbelievable twirlyness which straightened in the air and then straightened further off the pitch, bamboozling the opener, and taking his middle bail clean off. Unfortunately after that ball the Gods looked down on MK Fairweather and concluded he was a sinner as unfortunately he was tickled for 47 runs off 4 overs, but with ONE wicket.
Meanwhile at the other end Asad brought some semblance of cricket normality as he took full advantage of the spring wicket and had the oppo guessing where the ball would end up, for the 16 year old girl it was nestling by the boundary, for the Oppo Skipper it was nestling next to the dislodged bails.
Assad continued his 8 over spell and delivered very respectable figures of 7 overs 3 for 36, it would have been 32 but Skip managed to display all the skill of an offcut of carpet as he let a ball run through his legs in a style only Francis Rossi would understand.
Meanwhile closing the game off at the other end and taking over from Mohammad Kashmiri Fairweather we had Raymond Khan whose magical spell of 3 overs for 11 runs yielded the first and second catch of the young season, both to Amit, an excellent finale to the 40 over innings that mysteriously had yielded 180 runs.
Now tea was an unusual affair, the food was of the highest order as you would expect from Adam, and indeed there was enough of it to feed all of Asia, unfortunately for Adam quite a bit of Asia was fasting need I say more, we all know what Adam was eating today, and tomorrow and next week.
With Raheel and Asad taking to the wicket Skip sat back comfortable in the knowledge that with the quality available 180 runs should be achievable especially with these two openers. As every Peli knows such a feeling can only mean one thing and so it came to pass as Asad attempting to stop the ball his wicket spun round fell over and knocked his own bails off. That was not in the Sippers script.
With Amit taking to the wicket Skip gave his usual advice, ‘you have ages take your time and hit the bad ball’. Naturally this advice was ignored and 8 ruins later Amit returned to the clubhouse having decided to hit a ball into next month.
Thankfully we had Yusuf following Amit who we all remember the last time he was at the Meadow had managed to smash Josh into all four corners of Buckinghamshire. Unfortunately in his haste to win the game in two overs he too succumbed to the twirly lobs from the oppo and trudged dejectedly back the clubhouse having posted 8 runs.
So, when the team is collapsing around you who do you call…..exactly Iron Grip Jeffries. Being the perfect foil to Raheel these two Pelicans started to post a score which went from dire to not bad to getting there. Niron nurdled a few singles here and there and Raheel smashed the ball into next year as he flew past his 50 in no time at all.
Niron even got into the act and started also bothering the boundary. Unfortunately, with Niron on 18 all good things come to an end as he was bowled but what a great effort and great partnership.
Raheel was now ably supported by Hasan who as ever never gives his wicket up without a fight. Raheel on the other hand had decided all out carnage was the order of the day and with 6 runs to win and 6 runs needed for his century there was only one shot he was going to make. Thats right 6………. Thank you very much. What a score 100 not out, absolutely fantastic and controlled carnage ably supported by Hasan who played a great supporting role and was 21 not out.
Excellent start to the season.
118 vs Ley Hill, September 5th
103* vs Roving Reporters, June 27th
105 vs Bovingdon, September 19th
100 vs Hyde Heath, September 12th
90 vs Kensington, September 26th
66 vs Fleet Street Strollers, April 18th
83* vs Northwood, July 12th
71* vs Widmer End, August 22nd
66* vs Kensington, September 26th
59 vs Iffley Village, August 29th
83 vs Long Marston, June 6th
58 vs Stowe Templars, July 14th
61* vs Knotty Green, August 15th
58* vs Long Marston, June 6th
100* vs Fleet Street Strollers, April 17th
90* vs Hyde Heath, May 15th
85* vs Ibstone, May 8th
73 vs Braywood, May 1st
54 vs Prince of Wales Marsh, May 22nd
63* vs Hyde Heath, May 15th