It is often written into the terms and conditions of a ticket to many an event that photography, or moving pictures of any kind, are strictly prohibited. Sometimes this seems a little harsh. But this is naturally to prevent the breaching of copyright rules- although with the advent of modern technology it is hard to implement. No such legislation is currently in force for Southwick Wanderers matches, although given the unfortunate timing of some of these features the AGM may need to reconsider. The Big Bear was caught on film being bowled out for 98 recently, as was Will Barber being dismissed for 49 last week. Despite suggestions that our Raunak should not in any way have history record his next run, the one that would bring up a swashbuckling century on a glorious September afternoon at Chailey, one Wanderers player failed to heed the warning. You now how many he was dismissed for….
The delusion of summer, as lamented in last weeks despatches, amplified its mocking mirth this Sunday. At one stage the heat became a little intense for a scorers focus on the sideline- or was that too many tins of Scrumpy Jack. Given that Lukey had opted out, Wanderers had the choice of whether to bat or bowl. It was decided to take first hit- and fruitful it proved.
Baker Joe was promoted to open the batting with the Big Bear. Robin to his Batman, or was it an unusual collaboration between the hare and the tortoise ? Either way, the decision was proved just. Anchoring the Big Bear’s heaving blade, Joe hung around for the entire afternoon’s display of blade swinging prowess from the other end-Raunak playing the Big Daddy to Gywillim’s Giant Haystacks. It was as if we were watching the first swing on the longest hole at times, both players opting to use the wood…
As Chailey’s opening bowlers were mercilessly plundered to all parts of the park the 50 found its way into the scorecard by the seventh over, the hundred, by which time the scoring rate had slowed to a more palatable rate with the steady Will B joining Baker Joe at the crease, the seventeenth. Gywillim had fallen for 61 of an opening 88 stand. Not quite the calculative output of percentages that Master Wilson has had in stands before, but nonetheless a mutual understanding of partnership. Joe would give consistent and quick-footed support to Gywillim’s array of sword work. After the mighty Bear fell, Mr Barber then made 15, falling at 112, and Joe had Raunak join him at the crease. Gwyllim, it seemed, had then been upgraded into an IPL colossus, for as Raunak took guard the swallows flew off to enjoy summer elsewhere. What followed was carnage. No tree top was safe.
For those who wish to analyse an extraordinary innings for future annals, the statistics of Raunak’s are not fully recorded in TMS details. He was in, however, for a period of 14 overs, probably around an hour. His innings of 99 contained seven sixes and nine fours. The 29th over went for 29 runs (doubtless one of the most ever recorded by a Wanderers batsman in a main match). Raunak scored 99 of the 127 partnership. But lets face it, Joe didn’t get a look in. When Ronnie was caught at deep square on 99 Wanderers declared. Joe had performed the task he was set finishing on 35 not out. The offending Wanderer with the moving pictures of Ronnie’s demise wont be named….
|2||Baker (J)||Not Out||35|
|4||Naidu (R)||c||b||Harding (M)||99|
|Fall Of Wickets||88, 112, 239|
At Plumpton last year Wanderers had been defeated in a 35 over match. Young batsman Demberry (P) had made 37 whilst opening. This year, in line with the rapid years of youthful development, he presented an even stronger and more open-faced bat. The outfield at Chailey is even and fast, although it could be said that is a mere footnote to Wanderers who take the aerial route. Some Wanderers may have been of the impression that the ten men opposition may not offer that much resistance beyond a couple of batsman we knew well. This was a poor analysis.
The Chailey response was a calm and measured affair that always gave the impression that, despite faltering briefly at 60-3, could always threaten with a few wayward overs. Thankfully the bowlers were rotated with this in mind. The Wanderers declaration had been well timed (Chailey had been offered four more overs by the close) for any more leverage and the match could have been lost. Demberry being the catalyst for any such defeat.
DJ Dave had opened up from the Pavilion End, Butcher snr the Downs End (interestingly titled as such by The Author for Plumpton matches as also by Chailey for their home affairs). No self-respecting cricketer can fail to acknowledge this glorious sites that adorns the distant scenery of many of our matches. Adrian have proved a little wayward but landed a couple of halting wickets in his five overs. DJ Dave found a fairly consistent line but was wicketless. The general feeling is that the Old Swinger is the unluckiest man in town also, another chance being spilled today.
Chailey were 54-2 after ten overs. Wanderers in the ascendancy. But somehow it never felt as though there would be time enough, the Demberry family seeing to that. The third wicket fell on 60, and that was to be the last till more flashing blades in the closing stages tried to push things along. Kamal, a friendly and affable Wanderers debutant bowled steadily and with pace from the Pavilion End. The Slaymaker, despite hitting the pitch, which had proved quite bouncy at times, failed to work his magic. Raunak came in for some stick from the Downs End. Demberry snr, much like Baker Joe, anchored the innings of the younger. When Demberry jnr fell to Raunak for 118, with the score on 183, the draw was almost a certainty.
And so it was. The overs dried up and, despite a couple of late wickets to Baker Joe, hands were meaningfully shook on a beautiful Sussex evening. Most Wanderers stayed for a while after being treated to pizza and tinnies by the most splendid hosts. As the night gathered in we pondered on the remaining matches and how quickly the seasons pass. Doubtless the AGM will be staged on a beautiful autumn afternoon most worthy of bat’n’ ball. There is a famous cricket match played at Preston Park each year on Christmas Day. One might wonder whether such novelty will wear off as it forms part of the main season in decades to come…
|1||Coppard (J)||b||Butcher (A)||18|
|2||Demberry (P)||b||Naidu (R)||118|
|3||Packham (R)||b||Butcher (A)||4|
|4||Arnold (J)||c||Butcher (A)||b||Kamal (K)||0|
|5||Demberry (D)||c||Barber||b||Baker (J)||35|
|6||Stevens (S)||Not Out||14|
|7||Crouch (S)||lbw||b||Baker (J)||0|
|8||Harding (M)||Not Out||0|
|Fall Of Wickets||48,54,60,183,194,198|