Dynamos CC v The Exiles CC, Marlborough Club, 15 September 2002

Exiles struggle through to beat depleted Dynamos

An "end of term" feeling pervaded the start of this fixture at the historic Marlborough Cricket Club. The Dynamos were short, and phoning round to make up a team. Many Exiles were late, James Weir going to the ground we played them at last year (Lloyds Register Sports Ground), which is now sadly fallow. The planned early start was delayed, the game shortened to 35 overs a side and the bowling restrictions lifted to allow for the fact that The Dynamos only had four bowlers at the start, one of whom was also playing in the Marlborough home game on the adjacent pitch! The Exiles lent two keen fielders as The Dynamos tried to track down the man known as Mo. If he has a second name, the one being used in his absence is unprintable. He finally rolled in about 3.30pm and grabbed a couple of wickets in his one available over. By then The Exiles had built a formidable total around half centuries from Steve Dupreez and Kyle Holling who had been told to retire upon reaching the landmark by James Booth who was Skipper on the day. Sean O'Connor contributed a useful 33 but was not at his fluent best, finding the Marlborough track a little uneven for his taste. Six sixes and fourteen fours were contributed by the first three batsmen. James Booth only managed three singles before unleashing a powerful lofted on-drive that the long-on caught two handed above his head, just inside the boundary. Bad luck, on any other day it would have been six. Tony Brook started edgily, having had a run of poor scores, but The Dynamos' bowling lacked real attack once Wardle had been called away to bat in his other game. Gradually, however, Tony began to find his feet, and the boundary. He accelerated once he was joined by Roric Coleman, whose uncomplicated hitting looked likely to overtake his accumulation. Tony was caught out in the penultimate over off the bowling of Mo. Eddie Fuller failed to continue his own good form with the bat, bowled for nought in the same over. Rob Anderson put recent woes behind him with a quick 10 not out from four balls to move the score along to 215 for 4. Roric finished on 21 not out.


Exiles Innings:

 Batsman How Out Bowler Runs
S Dupreez retired , 51
S O'Connor Ct R Coleman Bloxham 33
K Holling retired , 50
J Booth* Ct Meeton 3
T Brook Ct Mo 28
R Coleman ¦ Not Out 21
E Fuller bowled Mo 0
R Anderson Not Out 10
P Shorrock , , ,
S Lindsay , , ,
J Weir , , ,
     Extras 21
 Total 35 Overs for 4 wickets 215

Dynamos' bowling figures:

 Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Wardle 6 0 22 0
Meeton 16 0 78 1
M Bloxham 7 0 49 1
L Kemp 5 0 43 0
Mo 1 0 7 2

A run rate required of more than six an over from the start is never easy and against the normally parsimonious bowling of Stuart Lindsay and James Weir you would bet against it. Dynamo openers Green and Kemp had other ideas and scored quickly square both sides of the wicket. Green in particular imparted much force on his cuts and pulls, the ball crossing the boundary like a tracer.The Exiles bowlers were taken for more than eight an over until James pitched one up and Kemp swung across the line, missed and was bowled. Heimann took up the cudgels and the scoring rate continued well in advance of that required. Stuart was rested after five overs that he will gladly forget. Rob Anderson's first ball was also dispatched to the boundary and anything short was punished but he began to find his length and when he was joined in the attack by Paul Shorrock some control was gradually exerted. Eddie Fuller's off breaks, though, made the breakthrough, a full length ball again defeating a cross-batted stroke, Green right back on his stumps was clearly out lbw, top scorere with 66. Shorrock then picked up a couple of quick wickets, bowling Meeton with a straight one, having tormented him with a series of near misses. Steele-Perkins took a shine to Eddie's off breaks, taking two fours and a six off one over before becoming the second of Paul's victims, miss-timing a drive that Kyle pouched running in from point. After that the depleted Dynamos offered little resistance-the last five wickets falling for 12 runs. Steve Dupreez removed the dangerous Heimann for 55, a catch to James Booth. Rob Anderson returned for a second spell and grabbed two wickets in two balls, Turner Bowled and Bloxham caught behind.

It would have been a much closer game if the Dynamos had had a full eleven. If anyone out there reading this is looking for a team and for whatever reason doesn't want to try for The Exiles should give The Dynamos a call. It would be a shame if they faded away, because they play the game in the right spirit and have a good set-up at Marlborough if you don't mind the smell of barbecue drifting over the ground from the Harvester pub across the way.

Dynamos' Innings:
 Batsman How Out Bowler Runs
 A Green lbw E Fuller 66
L Kemp Bowled J Weir 18
S Heimann Ct J Booth S Dupreez 55
T Meeton Bowled P Shorrock 2
G Steele-Perkins Ct K Holling P Shorrock 15
S Barnard Run Out 2
D Turner Bowled R Anderson 0
Mo Not Out 1
M Bloxham Ct R Coleman R Anderson 0
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     Extras 12
 Total 31.2 Overs all out 171

Exiles Bowling Figures:
 Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
S Lindsay 5 0 38 0
J Weir 7 0 28 1
R Anderson 5.2 0 23 2
P Shorrock 7 0 26 2
E Fuller 5 0 30 1
S Dupreez 2 0 6 1

Hopefully The Exiles will manage to get a game in next week for the grand finale against our fellow Honor Oak tenants The Pretenders. A win will make it the the most successful season in Exiles history with only a single defeat.


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