SOBCC v Sporting Alfas CC
Saturday 16th June 2018, Sporting Alfas Cricket Club, Costa Blanca, Spain
SOBCC arrived early (by virtue of the fact the opposition were late) to face the might of Sporting Alfas having fully rehydrated in the 16hrs since their second place the day before against Albir C.C. Sporting Alfa were at full strength and keen to avenge their defeat in the inaugural fixture in 2017. They are the best cricket side in eastern Spain – coincidentally they are the only side in eastern Spain.
Marsh (MCS) pulled a master stroke – his only one of the day – by highlighting to the opposition skip that reducing the game to 30 overs would have a direct correlation to their bar takings later in the day. 30 overs was hastily agreed and the home side asked to bat, given SOBCC had elected to bowl.
Townsend (Paul) and Rees Jnr (Paul) kept the openers quite with tidy 4 over spells and a lively wicket – only lewis’s (Mingo) ‘Pinks’ were livelier. However, neither batsmen has departed prior to the first change ‘bowlers’ being introduced. Rees Snr (Paul) had an immediate impact, being struck for 6 off his first delivery and 11 off his first over. Hazlewood (Chef) sent down his version of buffet bowling but profited from a loose shot with Marsh taking the catch in the deep. On the day before father’s day, there was an emotional moment with Rees Jnr taking a catch of his daddy’s throw-downs – (insert dad holding son’s hand emoji plus love heart). Hazlewood and Marsh combined again to remove the opposition’s star batsmen for 43 after he had threatened to turn the game into a bigger non-contest than was already inevitable. The latter taking a one-handed catch off inches from the turf having run in from deep mid wicket with his eyes closed, mouth open and tasting a reviving mixture of beer and sun cream sweat. Mr ‘Jack Serious’ trudged back to the pavilion in a mood, much to the delight of both sides and the coach load of Saga holidaymakers shipped in to provide ‘atmosphere’.
Rees Jnr returned to the attack and took wickets with the final 2 balls of his allotted 6 overs and was duly fined for hat-trick avoidance. France (Jim) bought a wicket near the death with Mad Michael Flynn (Rosie) taking a stunner at deep backward square. Not the first time Rosie and Jim have combined to provide entertainment to the masses. Flynn was on the field courtesy of an inebriated decision from Marsh to play him, against the wishes of mood –hoovers Hazlewood and Bebb (VCVC), when details of his lack of medical insurance post heart attack came to light. The highlight of the innings came when a Marsh delivery was skied to Chris Davies (AWOL). Having positioned himself perfectly, he inexplicably (alcohol and low IQ) failed to fully open his hands that were pointing skywards. Torn webbing that exposed the ligaments and 6 stitches being the summary justice for the pitiful dropped catch – Elite sport hurts.
Sporting Alfas 223 – 7 off 30 overs
Townsend 6 – 0 – 36 – 0
Rees Jnr 6 – 0 – 27 - 2
Rees Snr 4 – 0 – 34 – 1
Hazlewood 3 – 0 – 33 (not a typo) – 2
McCarthy 4 – 0 – 36 – 0
Marsh 5 – 0 – 34 – 0
France 2 – 0 – 23 – 1
A refreshing Liquid tea preceded Flynn and Lewis entering the gladiatorial arena to face what turned out to be two genuine sober ‘quicks’. Thankfully, the uninsured Flynn was out for a duck and staggered off with just a 5-inch deep tissue bruise courtesy of a rib tickler. Lewis was joined by Townsend, and they courageously fended off the 10 overs of pace, that would have seen the rest of the side following Davies to Alicante A&E had they been exposed to it. The tardy scoring rate effectively ended the game as a contest, if indeed it ever had been. With only pride and an early finish to play for, Townsend fell for 57 and Lewis made 41 off 267 overs. Marsh, Ashman & France, were the only others to reach double figures as the post-match entertainment and Eng v SA rugby match loomed large. Rees, Rees, McCarthy (Sue) and Bebb made 2 between them as Sporting Albir deservedly wrapped up the victory with 3 overs to spare.
SOBCC 158 all out – Lewis 41, Flynn 0, Townsend 57, Marsh 13, Rees Jnr 2, Rees Snr 0, Ashman 18, McCarthy 0, France 10, Bebb 0*
Man-of-match – Cricket was the winner (along with the whole of their side)
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