Fleet Street Strollers 123 all out (A Fairweather 3-28) Great Missenden Pelicans 124-3 (K Kankate 83)
WON by 7 wickets
Man of the Match: Kunaal
Following the game which we will never speak of again the Pelis finally roared into life and started their unbeaten run of one.
It is fair to say that the Fleet Street Strollers history at the Meadow is rather better than the Pelicans, in fact no team members could remember our last victory but the omens looked good as amazingly the Skipper won the toss with the lucky Euro. Electing to bowl first on an unseasonally firm wicket Toobes and Josh opened the bowling from their respective ends.
The bowling was tight with Josh carrying on from where he left off last week, fast and accurate. Toobes did not bowl as he did last week electing to go for slow but accurate as opposed to slow and cr@p.
It didn’t take long for the FSS number two batsman to be clean bowled by Toobes, a majestic sight somewhat let down by the sight of two less than majestic plastic flashing bails dropping off the stumps.
Out to the wicket came the FSS captain, a very useful bat who put 100 past us last season. Looking very comfortable a quick single was called for, under most other circumstances this would have been a safe run, unfortunately for the batsman after Nic had slowed the ball down Kunaal swooped in and with one stump to aim at ran out the FSS captain for 0.
Hasan entered the attack for Toobes and continued the tight bowling, Josh in his final over finally got his just rewards with a wicket and then was replaced by Adam.
Excellent bowling from the Pelis attack continued and wickets fell, special mention to Hasan for a catching display worthy of somebody young and capable as he held onto 3 catches.
With Hasan finally finishing his bowling spell it was down to Adam and VanDuuuur Peanut to draw the FSS innings to a close with yet more accurate bowling culminating in the FSS making just 123 runs.
Into play came the Pelis 12th man as chilli baked potatoes and bread rolls were offered for tea, filling everybody up nicely especially the FSS who were about to take to the field. Thank you Mr Bailey.
Opening for the Pelis, Nicholls and Kankate K set of at a brisk rate until Clive in what can only be described as a horrific shot off a worse ball managed to get himself caught. With much laughter in the clubhouse Clive trudged back muttering something about trees, balls, sight, sunshine, clouds, Trump, Brexit everything except what we all knew. It was a shi7e shot.
Asda / Asad strolled out and with last weeks innings still fresh in his memory elected not to try to knock the colour off the ball, unfortunately one that came in very low meant that unluckily Asad was out plum LBW.
Bails having woken from his pre batting slumber entered the field of dreams. This seems to have motivated Kunaal to get the game over in as short a period of time as possible, his fifty came and with the sound of clapping dying down he unleashed hell as sixes peppered the car park and clubhouse. Bails feeling a little left out got into the act and started also slapping fours and a six, this was uncharted territory for the Pelis V FSS.
Kunaal by this time was thoroughly enjoying himself and one reverse sweep to many finally had him out.
With one for victory Aleks quickly re tied his pads strode out took a leg bye and strode back.
Beers were taken with the oppo who as always were a thoroughly nice bunch of players.
Perfect end to a perfect day.
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