A Comedy of Errors
Typical stinking, f***ing hot day here in Bombay. 10am came around on an overcast Sunday with a majority feeling a little dusty from last night’s escapades at the Oaks, with even the 15-16 year olds looking a bit worse for wear. Play started on time, oddly enough at about a quarter to 10, massive thick black clouds were hovering over Roseville Chase Park, threatening disruption to this one day match, and then bugger me if they didn’t just disappear, quicker than you can say, “Gee its gonna piss down”.
Big Coxy won the toss and sent them in to bat. Jack Standing (2/23 off 7.5) and Joe Scarcella (1/15 off 7) opened the bowling beautifully with some steeeaaaming pace, and the pitch doing all sorts early on and got us off to a great start. Here a bouncer. there a yorker - every ball a real talker. Then came on Coxy with his deceptively slow doosras that managed to grab him 3 wickets and Mitchell Rixon with his classic ‘Dolphin balls’ and a wicket, GOT HIM YES PISS OFF YOU’RE OUT. Will Daly and Ben Hancock also proved quite difficult to put away with their spells. One over springs to mind whilst Ben Hancock was bowling with a record 3 missed chances…. in a row. The first a half chance to Scarcella at point, then a very regulation edge that somehow managed to get between the should-be-non existent gap of first slip and keeper, and then the ultimate sitter dropped by Jack Standing at first slip. This led to a huge array of banter and heckling his way for the next 20 overs. Mitchell Rixon, aka Panther was not growling today as he also dropped a sitter in the cordon, probably as he was thinking about his next cigarette. Ironically it was Ed Scrivens who ended up taking 2 good catches at short mid wicket and in the cordon, and Jarrod Rixon making a regulation outfield catch look like a John Dyson backwards dive catch. Having eventually bowling them out for 135, we felt in a good position, but how wrong that turned out.
A furious 10 over spell by a 6 foot 1000in bowler led to early wickets claiming both openers caught behind with some movement off the pitch. At the other end, a “less than threatening” left arm bowler managed to claim 5 wickets with a few interesting decisions and a short ball staying ankle high to claim Coxy, bowled. Will Daly looking very solid with Jack Standing (14*) looking steady before Daly skied one. Ben Hancock managed to get some big hitting in before having his middle stump cart-wheeled 10 metres behind him. Luckily enough, Mr. Xavier Tras helped us out with 15 runs, our second top scorer.
All in all, not what you would like to achieve on a hungover Sunday, but the game was played in good spirits. The kindest thing you could say about the batting performance was it was shoddy, but there are far stronger adjectives that come to mind.
3 – Ben Hancock (1/28, 4 dropped catches off his bowling, 19 runs, and helped us with numbers on late notice)
2 – Jack Standing (2/23, 14n.o.)
1 – Joe Scarcella (1/15, great opening spell)