Bowled out for 97 – but we still won! King’s Road chew up and spit out the Fudge as KP goes nuts with the ball

King’s Road beat Cairns Fudge in the London Premier League at Wandsworth Park after being bowled out for 97, then toppling them for 51

Astonishing win ... Kings Road beat Cairns Fudge at Wandsworth Park

How King’s Road won thisĀ  key London Premier League match against Cairns Fudge we will never know.

But, despite being bowled out for 97, it happened. And it had a lot to do with Sham de Silva, Matt Glover and Kevin Pittaway.

In fact, even though it didn’t feel this way at the time, in the end the margin of victory was emphatic.

It needed an incredible fightback led by, first Glover, and then Kev to inspire The Road as they bowled out the Fudge for 51.

Kev finished with astonishing figures of 3 for 0 off 1.5 overs and – just as crucially – took two stunning catches.

Kicking off The Road’s defence of their meagre total, Glove’s first ball was a stinker: a high no-ball that was hit for six.

Not good. And it looked for all the world like that start – 7 off one ball – was going to lead to an easy Fudge win.

But he then roared back to take three and only concede 9 off his next 5.5 overs.

And Sham scored a vital 40, put together on what was a terrible pitch, to make it all possible.

The match played on a soggy Wandsworth Park started in familiar style for Mark Isham.

First he lost the toss. Then saw one of his openers, in this case David Hughes, depart for a duck.

Mark himself then followed for 2 before Dan Sherman and Sham de Silva staged what was to be the match-winning stand.

Sham .. strokes his way to 40 at Wandsworth Park
Sham .. strokes his way to 40 at Wandsworth Park
Out ... Sham is finally bowled
Out … Sham is finally bowled
Keep it up ... Matt goes out to bat
Keep it up … Matt goes out to bat

The pair put on a slow but absolutely crucial 55 before Sherm went.

Sham was eventually bowled having hit by far the highest score and the best innings in the match.

Undoubtedly the highlight was a massive six over cow corner, one of only seven boundaries in the King’s Road innings.

Before that though straight after Sherm was caught for 10 off 54 balls, Leon Watson was caught first ball.

Three was the unlucky number for Matt Cocken and Matt Glover while Kev – caught and bowled by Milne who pounched an absolute stunner to dismiss him – and Michael Rossi also got ducks.

Only Will Gledhill put up any resistance, hitting 12.

Handy score ... Will drives one
Handy score … Will drives one
For the camera ... Will hits a boundary
For the camera … Will hits a boundary
Fudge on top ... for now
Fudge on top … for now

When the last wicket fell Jamie Keating was left not out on 3. Extras finished comfortably the second highest scorer after Sham on 25.

The Fudge’s bowlers had clearly enjoyed themselves: Milne finished with 4 – plus that incredible catch – and both Dean Yarrel and Kristian Jensen got a three-for.

On first glance at the scorecard it looks like The Road appeared to crumble.

But on a dreadful surface the Orange Caps did manage to bat out 34 of the allotted 35 overs.

The Road, however, couldn’t score and were left defending what seemed like a paltry 97.

[pullquote]That overthrow meant the batsman went to the other end and we could get him out. It was tactical

– Sham de Silva[/pullquote]

And that defence didn’t start well either. After Glover’s terrible first ball, the Fudge raced to 31 before a scrappy run-out – another key moment – got rid of Milne for 15.

He played the ball into the covers where Mark fumbled the ball. But as he was sprawled on the floor Milne and Jim Butler were all at sea between the wickets.

Mark had time to send the ball back to the bowler’s end and Glove removed the bails. The breakthrough had been made.

From there, at 31 for 1, the Fudge melted in a way King’s Road hadn’t. In the same over Glove bowled Correal, then Kev caught Fargher who blasted the ball to mid-off off Glove again.

The Road’s opening bowler then showed Huxley a brave new world by bowling him for a duck.

Jamie Keating also weighed in with the key wicket which probably turned the tide when opener and top LPL batsman Jim Butler was caught by Kev for 22.

Runs ... they were all vital
Runs … they were all vital
Oooo ... Matt hoists one, and is out
Oooo … Matt hoists one, and is out
The scoreboard ... bit of a low-scorer
The scoreboard … bit of a low-scorer

By now the Fudge, who were playing with one man short, had slumped to 47 for 5. Sham had even handed them a run after a wild overthrow.

And worse was to come for the Fudge.

On 50, Mark removed Dean Yarral, and then Kev came into the attack as, incredibly, The Road became favourites to win.

He bowled Daf Howells, got Zac Lam lbw and then sealed the win by castling Jensen. Eleven balls, three wickets, no runs.

It capped a stunning 46-run win for King’s Road who now move top of the LPL after two wins and a match rained off.

Man of the match: Kev for his 3 for 0 and two catches

Champagne moment: Raju for bringing beer and cookies

Embarrassing moment: Sham’s over-zealous fielding

 

 

Author: Leon Watson

Terrifyingly fast with the ball in hand and famously flamboyant with the bat, Leon is without doubt The Road’s greatest ever player. His stellar career has yielded more than 1,000 runs and several million wickets. However, but for a series of shocking LBW decisions against him and the butter-fingered ineptness of his colleagues in the field, there would surely have been more

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