The Daredevils and the Business have had a number of great contests over the recent seasons and this match was to be an epic affair once again.
Filthy was MIA so Stats took over tossing duties and lost. That was to be the highlight of his day. The Business were inserted and Stats and Genghis limped to crease. Stats was back in the hutch in no time leaving an Anugula delivery that swung in prodigiously and clipped the top of off. The first failure of the season for the Business 2013 leading run scorer.
Dazzler joined Genghis with both batsmen struggling to get away some tight bolwing from Anugula and Mahmood. A hamstrung Genghis with runner took on Aungula and gtt him away for four consecutive doubles in the 9th over. With the score at 21 in the 10th Mahmood got one to stay low and beat the defensive push from Dazzler (1 off 18) and following an Aungula maiden was joined in similar circumstances by Genghis (18 off 36) leaving the Business 23-3 in the 12th.
New recruit Fruit Box and A Tois were left to resurrect the Business innings and did so we with sensible cricket putting on 78 runs in 19 overs before A Tois was bowled by Leibowitz in the 31st (101-4). Tubby joined Fruit Box and after being put down by Leibowitz on the long on boundary deposited his 8th and 10th balls amonst Tag Footballers near at Pavilion End. His quickfire 27 (off 21) took the Business to 139-5 with 3 overs remaining. Chitty was promoted to 7 and scored 4 (off 5) before becoming Leibpowitz’s third victim in the final over. Filthy joined Fruit Box 9 off the remaining four balls to take the innings to 160-6 afte their alloted 40 overs.
Fruit Box the star of the show with a composed 65 (off 96 balls) in his debut innings for the Bashers.
The Business felt they were a touch under par in the first innings but runs on the board are always handy. Fielding and early wickets were thought to be key to the defence of the total. The early chance was created of Paps’ bowling but put down by Stats at gully to let the demi-God Erasmus off the hook early. Fortunately Korean’s hands were safer as he grasped a low catch at square leg in Paps’ second over, much to Stats’ relief. 13-1 after 4 and the Business had the early breakthrough. Razzaq Mahmood joined Peter Worth and faced some an excellent open spell from Dazzler and Paps. Paps bowled his full compliment straiht through, beating the bat on numerous occasions and ended with 1-21 off his 8. Dazzler was similarly miserly at the other end and was again unlucky not to fidn the edge of the Daredevils batsmen. His 6 over opening spell going for only 14.
Chitty’s introduction finally bought the second breakthrough as he set up worth beautifully with two short pitched deliveries followed an unplayale yorker. It was a beautiful piece of fast bowling and gave the Business a lift as the Daredevils found themselves at 38-2 in the 15th. Two became three for the Business as Ross Candido got a leading edge that Korean settled under with the score at 40 in the 17th. Cometh the moment cometh the man as Capt. Jon Newton strode in with his team in a spot of bother. He attempted to see off Chitty and Smurfy who were getting to the end of their allotted overs. Both had the batsmen under pressure as the required rate rose steadily as the rain began to fall. In his 7th over on the trot Chitty whipped a delivery through Newton defences and struck the top of off to leave the Daredevils in strife at 62-4 in the 25th.
With the rain really coming down Anugula arrived at the crease to the stock standard chirp and Bashers welcome. He and Mahmood saw off the remaining overs from Smurfy and Chitty. They had put on a further 60 runs off 10 overs when the umpire called time on proceedings with 5 overs of the innings remaining and 39 runs required.
Bashers 160-5 off 40
Daredevils 122-4 off 35
Business win on run rate…..
Fruit Box 65* off 96
Dazzler 7-2-18-0 (and 1 off 18)
A Tois 33 off 45
Tubby 27 off 21
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Well done lads
Great win boys.
Loving the taste of victory. Long may it continue.
Another great win over the Devils in 2013 lads - shame it was a rain influenced game but we would have had them regardless. Business must be well on top of the ladder now. Very handy work with the bat and the box (not a drop spilled) on debut from Fruit Box, and he followed up with reasonable dip as a virgin finesmaster - although he seemed to have trouble keeping Genghis in line (who doesn't). And a special mention goes out to our cracking fast and highly intimidating Business bowling lineup - the way you guys fizzed those balls past the nostrils and through the stumps of the Devils made me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside, and glad that I don't have to face you in the middle :)
great effort business!
Another sensational victory and the momentum continues to build. The aim for Business should be to win every game for the rest of the season including the final. With Fruit Box being another excellent addition we have the cattle and depth when people are unavailable. TAKE NO PRISONERS ! Tim many thanks for umpiring and fantastic that you turned down Filthy's LBW.
Nice job fellas. Genius strategy from Genghis there too, who else would have come up with the brilliant idea of trying to win every match?
Another excellent win boys, great to see all the wins are down to a real team effort, look forward to the next lumberjack..... keep the reports coming early as the ex-Shanghai Bashers rely on them to celebrate the wins !!!
BIRDSHIT I really cannot let your sledge pass by without a response. I thought I needed to point out that momentum gives birth to Premiership cricket sides. This needed to be pointed out to a majority of the other guys in Business who are mostly Kiwi's and Pom's and both those passports don't go with success on the cricket field. For the Kiwi's they are just not used to winning games of cricket when other Nationalities are playing. For the Pom's it has only been last 5 years they have got used to winning and I put that down to Anderson and Cook, plus bad planning by the ACB !
I do hope you didn't mistakenly detect me using a sarcastic font there Genghis. As you know, people with my passport aren't fluent in sarcasm. Thanks again for reminding us of your countrymen's success on the cricket field, it's that kind of humility which so endears people with your passports to all of us.
Pot Hole good to hear from you, I do miss your chirp and cutting sledging on the ground. That type of sledging you are so good at must be an English thing because Stats has a similar tounge ! Hope your well.
it's goood victory, great team work!
Genghis great to hear from you!! Hope your managing to keep your eyes on the fielding and not on the ladies walking past, or has Filthy insisted on you wearing blinkers to avoid any straying of the eyes!! Keep up the winning ways and hope to see you for a "Vodka" fines session soon!! Cheers!
In the words of Charlie Sheen- "WINNING"!!! Keep it up lads!!! Great win!
Well done Bashers, having cricket withdrawal symptoms here in dreary Europe :( Keep up the winning streak!
Cheers for an enjoyable debut game guys, all made me feel very welcome!
Fruitbox1??? Does that mean the username 'Fruitbox' had already been taken???
Great win boys. Keep this momentum going through the rest of the season